Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An area where rabbits live in burrows.
  • n. A colony of rabbits. See Synonyms at flock1.
  • n. An enclosure for small game animals.
  • n. An overcrowded living area.
  • n. A mazelike place where one may easily become lost: a warren of narrow, dark alleys and side streets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The system of burrows where rabbits live.
  • n. A mazelike place of dark alleys etc in which it's easy to lose oneself; especially one that may be overcrowded.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A place privileged, by prescription or grant the king, for keeping certain animals (as hares, conies, partridges, pheasants, etc.) called beasts and fowls of warren.
  • n. A privilege which one has in his lands, by royal grant or prescription, of hunting and taking wild beasts and birds of warren, to the exclusion of any other person not entering by his permission.
  • n. A piece of ground for the breeding of rabbits.
  • n. A place for keeping flash, in a river.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece of ground appropriated to the breeding and preservation of rabbits or other game: a place where rabbits abound.
  • n. In English law, a franchise or place privileged by prescription or grant from the crown, for keeping beasts and fowls of warren, which are hares, rabbits, partridges, and pheasants, though some add quails, woodcocks, and waterfowl.
  • n. A preserve for fish in a river.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. United States writer and poet (1905-1989)
  • n. a colony of rabbits
  • n. an overcrowded residential area
  • n. a series of connected underground tunnels occupied by rabbits
  • n. United States jurist who served as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1891-1974)

Etymologies

Middle English warenne, from Old North French, enclosure; see wer-4 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • We have a ghoosh warren at my place

    July 18, 2012

  • I thought it was a rabbit nest. I'm thinking of Watership Down.

    April 30, 2009

  • Short for Lauren.

    April 29, 2008