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Wen \Wen\ (w[e^]n), n. [AS. wenn; akin to D. wen, LG. wenne.] (Med.) An indolent, encysted tumor of the skin; especially, a sebaceous cyst.


Wyn \Wyn\, Wynn \Wynn\, n. Also Wen \Wen\ [AS. w[=e]n.] One of the runes (?) adopted into the Anglo-Saxon, or Old English, alphabet. It had the value of modern English w, and was replaced from about a. d. 1280 at first by uu, later by w.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English wenn "a wen, tumor, wart," from Proto-Germanic *wanja- "a swelling" (cognates: Middle Low German wene, Dutch wen, dialectal German Wenne), from PIE *wen- (2) "to beat, wound" (see wound (n.)).


Etymology 1 n. A cyst on the skin. Etymology 2

n. a runic letter later replaced by w Etymology 3

n. An enormously congested city.


n. a common cyst of the skin; filled with fatty matter (sebum) that is secreted by a sebaceous gland that has been blocked [syn: sebaceous cyst, pilar cyst, steatocystoma]


Wen, wen, or WEN may refer to:

  • WEN, New York Stock Exchange symbol for Wendy's/Arby's Group
  • WEN, station code for Columbia Station (Wenatchee)
  • Wen (surname) (文, 温, 闻, 问), pinyin romanization of several Chinese surnames
    • Wen Jiabao (b. 1942), Chinese premier beginning in 2003
  • Wen, alternate spelling for Wynn (Ƿ ƿ), a letter of the Old English alphabet
  • Wen, common name for trichilemmal cyst or pilar cyst
  • Wen, alternate name for lipoma, a benign tumor composed of adipose tissue
  • wen, the ISO 639-2 code for the Sorbian languages, also known as Wendish languages
Wen (surname)

Wen is the pinyin romanisation shared by several different Chinese surnames, including 文 (Wén), 温 (Wēn), 闻 (Wén), and 问 (Wèn).

文 (Wén) is usually romanised as Man in Cantonese (most widely used by those from Hong Kong), and sometimes as Mann. In Min (including the Hokkien, Teochew, and Taiwanese dialects), the name is pronounced Boon. In the Hakka, the name can be romanized as Vun or Voon. The Gan dialect transcription for the name is Mun. Other romanizations include Văn in Vietnamese, Moon or Mun (Hangul: 문) in Korean and Bun (Kanji: ぶん) in Japanese.

温 (Wēn) is a Chinese surname which means mild and warm in Chinese. This word is often used to describe the glories of jade (especially white jade) in Chinese traditional culture, and Chinese people like to compare well-educated ladies and gentleman to white jade, which is very rare in China.

Usage examples of "wen".

The best answer is that a brochure creates the drama of an advertisement but delivers a more complete sales message that can be retained physically as wen as mentally.

Wen led me out of the dojo confirming the arrangements Deborah had made with Carliss Swilley.

A branch of girt and goodliness, straightway Her spring is turned on herself, and wried And knotted like some gall or veiney wen.

Tse Wen, Brad, and Sarah were counting on her to make this impactor launch happen.

He was a very big man, tall above average, with powerful shoulders and a deep chest, and he was usually called Osgood Knop, for he had a large wen by his right nostril.

Sisley and the babby ar lodjing with the wett nourse and wen Franseis is weand they wil goe to Sisleys kindread at Cobchirche.

What worried Lianne was that Wen Zhi Tang was eager to form a liaison with Seng, hoping it would lead to the Tangs being viewed with more favor by the mainland Chinese.

She desperately wanted a bath, a cup of coffee, and the clock to turn back to a time when Wen had trusted her, when she had believed that someday she would be accepted by the Tangs as a member of the family.

De bisschop veroordeelde hem tot de brandstapel, maar zijn laatste wens was een maaltijd en hij stierf met een lach om zijn mond.

While Wen berated Joe for drunken clumsiness, Lianne stared, unnoticed, at the type of jade treasures she had only dreamed of seeing if she was ever permitted inside mainland Chinas state collections.

As, cautiously, the puppets port him down the aisle between the ribbed pews, they are assailed by the delicate aromas of frankincense, ambrosia, and myrrh, along with something headier, reminiscent of the sweet decay of wens and bogs, which may be the odor of the throbbing music.

Benny Lang he comes to see me and wen he sees how sick I am he gos off and wen he comes back he gives me sum pils to take and I takem and next day I am rite as rain.

A former assistant professor of research at the Hydrobiological Institute in Wuhan, Li Wen was a midlevel civil worker, a water-quality-control engineer for the central government.

Yet when she looked at him, he was bending into the trunk of her car, lifting out cartons of jade, and setting them carefully along the driveway as though he wanted nothing more in life but to do Wens bidding.

But then, we dukes are all related to one another through our common ancestor the Emperor Wen.