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noun \ˈren\

Definition of wren

  1. 1 :  any of a family (Troglodytidae) of small typically brownish oscine singing birds; especially :  a very small widely distributed bird (Troglodytes troglodytes) that has a short erect tail and is noted for its song

  2. 2 :  any of various small singing birds resembling the true wrens in size and habits

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Origin and Etymology of wren

Middle English wrenne, from Old English wrenna; akin to Old High German rentilo wren


Wren

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biographical name \ˈren\

Definition of Wren

  1. Sir Christopher 1632–1723 English architect


WREN Defined for English Language Learners

wren

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Definition of wren for English Language Learners

  • : a small bird with brown feathers and a short tail that points upward


WREN Defined for Kids

wren

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noun \ˈren\

Definition of wren for Students

  1. :  a small brown songbird with a short tail that points upward



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