p christopher wren

Wren

[ren]
noun
1.
Sir Christopher, 1632–1723, English architect.
2.
Percival Christopher, 1885–1941, English novelist.
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wren (rɛn)
 
n
1.  any small brown passerine songbird of the chiefly American family Troglodytidae, esp Troglodytes troglodytes (wren in Britain, winter wren in the US and Canada). They have a slender bill and feed on insects
2.  any of various similar birds of the families Muscicapidae (Australian warblers), Xenicidae (New Zealand wrens), etc
 
[Old English wrenna, werna; related to Old High German wrendo, rentilo, Old Norse rindill]

Wren1 (rɛn)
 
n
informal history (in Britain and certain other nations) a member of the former Women's Royal Naval Service
 
[C20: from the abbreviation WRNS]

Wren2 (rɛn)
 
n
Sir Christopher. 1632--1723, English architect. He designed St Paul's Cathedral and over 50 other London churches after the Great Fire as well as many secular buildings

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wren
O.E. wrenna, metathesis variation of earlier werna, a W.Gmc. word of uncertain origin. Cf. Icel. rindill, O.H.G. wrendo, wrendilo "wren." The bird's name in other languages usually denotes "royalty" (cf. L. regulus), in reference to its golden crest.
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