from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small brownish songbirds of the family Troglodytidae, having rounded wings, a slender bill, and a short, often erect tail.
- n. Any of various similar unrelated songbirds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Members of a mainly New World passerine bird family Troglodytidae.
- n. Small bird of similar appearance to a true wren.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous species of small singing birds belonging to Troglodytes and numerous allied of the family Troglodytidæ.
- n. Any one of numerous species of small singing birds more or less resembling the true wrens in size and habits.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A very small migratory and insectivorous singing-bird of Great Britain and other European countries, with a slender bill and extremely short tail, and of dark reddish-brown coloration varied with black, inhabiting shrubbery, and belonging to the family Troglodytidæ; hence, any member of this family, and, with a qualifying term, one of various other small birds of different families, as certain warblers, kinglets, etc. See the phrases below.
- n. The goldcrest or kinglet, Regulus cristatus. See cut under goldcrest.
- n. Uropsila leucogastra, of Oaxaca and Tamaulipas in Mexico, originally described by J. Gould in 1836 as Troglodytes leucogastra, a name subsequently misused to denote the white-bellied wren .
- n. (See also cactus-wren, cañon-wren, marsh-wren, reed-wren, tule-wren, willow-wren, wood-wren.)
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. English architect who designed more than fifty London churches (1632-1723)
- n. any of several small active brown birds of the northern hemisphere with short upright tails; they feed on insects
Middle English wrenne, from Old English wrenna.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)