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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English treon, treowen, equivalent to tree +‎ -en (plural ending).



  1. (obsolete) Alternative plural form of tree.
    • 1726, Torquato Tasso; Edward Fairfax (translator), Godfrey of Bulloigne, or the Recoverie of Jerusalem. Done into English heroicall verse from the Italian of Tasso by E. Fairefax[1], page 195:
      Erminia's Steed (this while) his Miſtreſs bore / Thro' Foreſts thick among the ſhady Treen,

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English treen, from Old English trēowen (of a tree, of wood, wooden), from Proto-Germanic *triwīnaz, equivalent to tree +‎ -en. See trencher, truncher.


treen (comparative more treen, superlative most treen)

  1. (Now chiefly dialectal) Pertaining to or derived from trees; wooden; made of wood.
    • 1674, William Camden, “Wise Speeches”, in Remains Concerning Britain: Their Languages, Names, Surnames, Allusions, Anagramms, Armories, Moneys, Impresses, Apparel, Artillerie, Wise Speeches, Proverbs, Poesies, Epitaphs[2], Charles Hopper, page 354:
      Theſe homely cups and diſhes pay truly for that they contain: I had rather drink out of treene, and pay gold and ſilver, than drink out of gold and ſilver, and make wooden payment.
    • 1670 October 15, John Evelyn, chapter XVI, in Sylva, or a Discourse of Forest-Trees and the Propagation of Timber in His Majesties Dominions[3], Second edition, Royal Society, page 75:
      To ſhew our Reader yet, that theſe are no novel Experiments, we are to know, that a large Tract of the World almoſt altogether ſubſiſt on theſe Treen Liquors; Eſpecially that of the Date,


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treen (countable and uncountable, plural treens)

  1. Household articles made of wood.
    • 1949, Edward Pinto, Treen; or, Small woodware throughout the ages, London: Batsford, page 1:
      References to treen are numerous in old English literature, particularly to chalices, cups, bowls, platters, and "services of treen".
  2. (Now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) A large wooden platter.
  • (household articles made of wood): treenware

Etymology 3[edit]


treen (plural treens)

  1. A territorial division in the Isle of Man.