noun Etymology: Middle English wrenne, from Old English wrenna; akin to Old High German rentilo wren Date: before 12th century 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. any of various small singing birds resembling the true wrens in size and habits

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  • Wren — (r[e^]n), n. [OE. wrenne, AS. wrenna, wr[ae]nna, perhaps akin to wr[=ae]ne lascivious.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small singing birds belonging to {Troglodytes} and numerous allied of the family {Troglodytid[ae]} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wren — ist der Name folgender Personen: Bob Wren (* 1974), kanadischer Eishockeyspieler Christopher Wren (1632–1723), britischer Astronom und Architekt Phyllis Wren (* um 1910), neuseeländische Badmintonspielerin Thomas Wren (1826–1904), US… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Wren —   [ren], Sir (seit 1673) Christopher, englischer Baumeister, Astronom und Mathematiker, * East Knoyle (County Wiltshire) 20. 10. 1632, ✝ Hampton Court 25. 2. 1723; 1657 60 Professor für Astronomie am Gresham College in London, anschließend bis… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • wren — wren; wren·let; wren·ne·an; wren·ni·an; …   English syllables

  • Wren — a member of the WRNS Wren 2 Wren, Sir Chris|to|pher (1632 1723) an English ↑architect who built many churches in London, including ↑Saint Paul s Cathedral, and other buildings in the UK, such as the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Wren — Wren, OH U.S. village in Ohio Population (2000): 199 Housing Units (2000): 96 Land area (2000): 0.309842 sq. miles (0.802488 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.309842 sq. miles (0.802488 sq. km)… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • wren — (n.) O.E. wrenna, metathesis variation of earlier werna, a West Germanic word of uncertain origin. Cf. Icel. rindill, O.H.G. wrendo, wrendilo wren. The bird s name in other languages usually denotes royalty (Cf. L. regulus), in reference to its… …   Etymology dictionary

  • wren — [ren] n. [ME wrenne < OE wrenna, prob. akin to OHG rentilo, ON rindill] 1. any of a large family (Troglodytidae) of small, insect eating passerine birds having a long bill, rounded wings, and a stubby, erect tail; esp., the house wren (… …   English World dictionary

  • Wren — Wren, 1) Matthias, geb. 1585 in London, aus einer dänischen Familie; war erst Lehrer in Cambridge, dann Caplan des Bischofs Andrews u. Rector in Feversham, Caplan bei dem Prinzen von Wales, Rector in Bingham, Canonicus von Winchester, Principal …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Wren — (spr. renn), Sir Christopher, engl. Architekt, geb. 20. Okt. 1632 zu East Knoyle in Wiltshire, gest. 25. Febr. 1723 in Hamptoncourt, studierte Mathematik in Oxford und wurde 1657 Lehrer der Astronomie am Gresham College in London und 1659 an der… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Wren — (spr. renn), Sir Christopher, engl. Baumeister, geb. 20. Okt. 1632 zu East Knoyle (Wiltshire), gest. 25. Febr. 1723 in Hampton Court, Erbauer der St. Paulskathedrale in London …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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