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

  • n. A member of the British Women's Royal Naval Service.
  • Wren, Sir Christopher 1632-1723. English architect who designed more than 50 London churches, most notably Saint Paul's Cathedral (1675-1710). His secular works include the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford (1664-1669) and Trinity College Library in Cambridge (1676-1684).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A female member of the Royal Navy (a member of the WRNS)
  • proper n. A surname.
  • proper n. Sir Christopher Wren, English architect
  • proper n. A male or female given name from the noun wren.


Originally a nickname from Middle English wrenne ("wren"). (Wiktionary)
From the similarity to WRNS, influenced by wrens (birds). (Wiktionary)



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