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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A wren scrabbled in leaf litter a few yards away: tiny, rufous-brown, pert tailed.
▪ A loud burst of singing gave away the presence of the ubiquitous wren.
▪ Cactus wrens and Inca doves nest in thick tangles of mesquite.
▪ Members of the crew who also include wrens, will take part in a number of sporting fixtures and visits.
▪ Moorhens, wrens and woodpeckers all include species that, in some circumstances, behave in this way.
▪ The little wren does the same and is shy but smug in her self-reliance.
▪ Today I heard a wren singing.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Wren \Wren\ (r[e^]n), n. [OE. wrenne, AS. wrenna, wr[ae]nna, perhaps akin to wr[=ae]ne lascivious.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small singing birds belonging to Troglodytes and numerous allied of the family Troglodytid[ae].

    Note: Among the species best known are the house wren ( Troglodytes a["e]don) common in both Europe and America, and the American winter wren ( Troglodytes hiemalis). See also Cactus wren, Marsh wren, and Rock wren, under Cactus, Marsh, and Rock.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small singing birds more or less resembling the true wrens in size and habits.

    Note: Among these are several species of European warblers; as, the reed wren (see Reed warbler (a), under Reed), the sedge wren (see Sedge warbler, under Sedge), the willow wren (see Willow warbler, under Willow), the golden-crested wren, and the ruby-crowned wren (see Kinglet).

    Ant wren, any one of numerous South American birds of the family Formicarid[ae], allied to the ant thrushes.

    Blue wren, a small Australian singing bird ( Malurus cyaneus), the male of which in the breeding season is bright blue. Called also superb warbler.

    Emu wren. See in the Vocabulary.

    Wren babbler, any one of numerous species of small timaline birds belonging to Alcippe, Stachyris, Timalia, and several allied genera. These birds are common in Southern Asia and the East Indies.

    Wren tit. See Ground wren, under Ground.

    Wren warbler, any one of several species of small Asiatic and African singing birds belonging to Prinia and allied genera. These birds are closely allied to the tailor birds, and build their nests in a similar manner. See also Pincpinc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

small, migratory singing bird, Old English wrenna, metathesis variation of earlier werna, a Germanic word of uncertain origin. Compare Icelandic rindill, Old High German wrendo, wrendilo "wren." The bird's name in other languages usually denotes "royalty" (such as Latin regulus), in reference to its golden crest.


n. 1 Members of a mainly New World passerine bird family Troglodytidae. 2 Small bird of similar appearance to a true 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)
FIPS code: 86632
Located within: Ohio (OH), FIPS 39
Location: 40.799531 N, 84.774222 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Wren, OH

The wrens are mostly small, brownish passerine birds in the mainly New World familyTroglodytidae. About 80 species of true wrens in roughly 20 genera are described. Only the Eurasian wren occurs in the Old World, where in Anglophone regions, it is commonly known simply as the "wren", as it is the originator of the name. The name wren has been applied to other, unrelated birds, particularly the New Zealand wrens ( Acanthisittidae) and the Australian wrens ( Maluridae).

Most wrens are small and rather inconspicuous, except for their loud and often complex songs. Notable exceptions are the relatively large members of the genus Campylorhynchus, which can be quite bold in their behavior. Wrens have short wings that are barred in most species, and they often hold their tails upright. As far as known, wrens are primarily insectivorous, eating insects, spiders, and other small arthropods, but many species also eat vegetable matter and some take small frogs and lizards.

Wren (disambiguation)

Wrens are passerine birds in the mainly New World family Troglodytidae.

Wren may also refer to:

Wren (Sherwood Smith character)

Wren is the main character in the Wren books by Sherwood Smith. The three books in this series are Wren to the Rescue, Wren's Quest, and Wren's War. A fourth book, Wren Journeymage, has been written, but it is yet to be published.

Wren's physical appearance is largely indistinguishable from a northwestern- European Terran.

Category:Fictional characters introduced in 1990 Category:Characters in American novels of the 20th century Category:Characters in fantasy novel series of the 20th century


WREN (590 AM, "The Mighty 590") was an American radio station licensed to serve the community of Carrollton, Alabama, USA. The station began broadcasting in 1951 as "WRAG" and fell permanently dark in 2010 due to economic and other issues. The WREN broadcast license was cancelled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in September 2011.

The station's license was last held by Serendipity Ventures II, LLC. Before falling silent, it had most recently broadcast a traditional Black Gospel music format branded as "The Mighty 590". Over the six decades of its operation, WRAG had also aired Top 40, country, and rhythm and blues music formats.

Wren (name)

Wren is both a surname and a given name. Notable people with the name include:


  • Alan Wren (born 1964), English rock drummer
  • Bob Wren (born 1974), Canadian ice hockey player
  • Christopher Wren (1632–1723), English architect and scientist
  • Daniel A. Wren (born ca. 1935) is an American business theorist
  • Frank Wren (born 1958), American baseball executive
  • G. L. P. Wren (1836-1901), American politician
  • Jackie Wren (born 1936), Scottish footballer
  • John Wren (1871–1953), Australian businessman
  • Kyle Wren (born 1991), American baseball player
  • M. K. Wren (born 1938), American author
  • Matthew Wren (1585–1667), English clergyman and scholar
  • P. C. Wren (1875–1941), British author
  • Thomas Wren (1826–1904), American politician

Given name:

  • Wren Blackberry, American teacher and author
  • Wren Blair (born 1925), former Canadian ice hockey coach

Fictional characters:

  • Wren, a scientist from the movie Alien Resurrection
  • The Wren, an escape artist from the movie Cube
  • Wren Elessedil, a character from the Heritage of Shannara series of fantasy novels
  • Wren (Sherwood Smith character), the orphanage-director-assigned name of the protagonist of a series of fantasy-fiction books by Sherwood Smith
  • Wren (Phantasy Star III), an android from the video game Phantasy Star III
  • Wren (Phantasy Star IV), the same android from Phantasy Star III in the video game Phantasy Star IV
  • Wren MacPherson, the third and youngest child of Darryl and Wanda McPherson in the comic strip Baby Blues
  • Wren Natsworthy, daughter to Tom and Hester Natsworthy in the last installments of Phillip Reeve's Mortal Engines Quartet
  • Wren Douglas, a plus-sized model and author in Significant Others, the fifth book in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series
  • Wren Kingston, a character from the TV Series Pretty Little Liars, played by Julian Morris

Usage examples of "wren".

Christine Marshall, Clint and Lori Smith, Kevin and Laura Smith, Jim and Paula Huffinan, Harper and Connie Wren, Jim and Debbie Riordan, Steve and Donna Blinn, Tony and Janey Marzulli, Carrie Rudiselle, Barry and Terry Santavy, Nate and Shirley Lyndsay, Manolo and Virginia Lopez, Fin and Adrian Johnston, Kelly and Kathy Higgins, Brian and Suzy Neuman, David and Terri Schaal, Seth and Karen Semkin, Andy Flamard and special thanks to my manager Kathy Horn!

Wren moved as gently as he could past the cougar to open the door to the hut.

Wren had to tear her arm from the cougar and thrust it through the strap of her gear bag.

His forelegs barely touched the rim of the hatch, and Wren did not even have time to shift as the cougar whipped on by.

Marvin started chattering at Wren as he tried to detangle his hair again.

Prescott, there was a little package for Captain Wren, expressed, and Doty signed the receipt and sent it by the orderly.

Wren collapsed she was experiencing a complex partial idiopathic seizure as she was clearly unable to respond to exogenous stimuli.

Even though Idres was a very powerful mage, Wren was not afraid of her.

Wren could say anything more, Idres quickly did the transfer spell and vanished, leaving Wren alone with her gift.

By this light, I wonder that any man is so mad, to come to see these rascally tits play here -- They do act like so many wrens or pismires -- not the fifth part of a good face amongst them all.

Small, vivacious brown wrens scolded the others as they carried twigs and dried moss to a nest cavity in an ancient, gnarled apple tree, proving its youthful fecundity with its flock of pink blooms.

Sergei and Shig both declined, but Wren reached out and gave his arm a thick pinch-and-twist, until he yelped.

Wren had dragged the corkboard out of her office and leaned it against the far wall, stripping all her old materials from it and leaving it bare so that Shig could stick the names of clans up as they responded, either affirmative or negative.

And the ship shooting up through the smoking sky while Tsia, trapped in the wreckage with Wren and Sullage and Twit, tore herself free only to see the altitude meter climb toward Q.

Anna had not given off warm and fuzzy vibes towards stepmomma when she hired Wren, but there they were, chummy-buddies and smiling, not just for the cameras.