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warren

[wawr-uh n, wor-] /ˈwɔr ən, ˈwɒr-/
noun
1.
a place where rabbits breed or abound.
2.
a building or area containing many tenants in limited or crowded quarters.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English warenne < Anglo-French; Old French g(u)arenne < Germanic *warinne game park, equivalent to *war- (base of *warjan to defend) + *-inne feminine noun suffix

Warren

[wawr-uh n, wor-] /ˈwɔr ən, ˈwɒr-/
noun
1.
Earl, 1891–1974, U.S. lawyer and political leader: chief justice of the U.S. 1953–69.
2.
Joseph, 1741–75, American physician, statesman, and patriot.
3.
Mercy Otis, 1728–1814, U.S. historian and poet (sister of James Otis).
4.
Robert Penn, 1905–89, U.S. novelist and poet: named the first U.S. poet laureate (1986–87).
5.
a city in SE Michigan, near Detroit.
6.
a city in NE Ohio, NW of Youngstown.
7.
a city in NW Pennsylvania.
8.
a town in E Rhode Island.
9.
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “protection.”.
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  • His mind was a teeming warren of hints and suggestions.
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British Dictionary definitions for warren

warren

/ˈwɒrən/
noun
1.
a series of interconnected underground tunnels in which rabbits live
2.
a colony of rabbits
3.
an overcrowded area or dwelling
4.
  1. (mainly Brit) an enclosed place where small game animals or birds are kept, esp for breeding, or a part of a river or lake enclosed by nets in which fish are kept (esp in the phrase beasts or fowls of warren)
  2. (English legal history) a franchise permitting one to keep animals, birds, or fish in this way
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French warenne, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German werien to preserve

Warren1

/ˈwɒrən/
noun
1.
a city in the US, in SE Michigan, northeast of Detroit. Pop: 136 016 (2003 est)

Warren2

/ˈwɒrən/
noun
1.
Earl. 1891–1974, US lawyer; chief justice of the US (1953–69). He chaired the commission that investigated the murder of President Kennedy
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Word Origin and History for warren
n.

late 14c., "piece of land enclosed for breeding beasts and fowls," from Anglo-French and Old North French warenne, Old French garenna "game park," possibly from Gaulish *varenna "enclosed area," related to *varros "post." Or the Old French forms may derive from the present participle of Old French warir "defend, keep," from the Germanic root *war- "to protect, guard" (source of Old English warian "take care;" see warrant (n.)). Later especially "piece of land for breeding of rabbits" (c.1400), which led to the transferred sense of "cluster of densely populated living spaces" (1640s).

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warren in Medicine

Warren War·ren (wôr'ən), John Collins. 1778-1856.

American surgeon who gave the first public demonstration (1846) of the use of ether as an anesthetic for a surgical procedure.

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