Help support Wordnik by adopting your favorite word!

Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.