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nun1

[nuhn] /nʌn/
noun
1.
a woman member of a religious order, especially one bound by vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
2.
any of various birds, especially a domestic variety of pigeon.
Origin of nun1
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English nunne < Medieval Latin nonna, feminine of nonnus monk
Related forms
nunlike, adjective

nun2

[noon, noo n] /nun, nʊn/
noun
1.
the 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
2.
the consonant sound represented by this letter.
Origin
1875-80; < Hebrew nūn literally, fish

nūn

[noo n] /nʊn/
noun
1.
the 25th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin
< Arabic; see nun2, nu1

Nun

[noon] /nun/
noun
1.
the major channel of the Niger River, in W Africa.

Nun

[noon] /nun/
noun, Egyptian Religion
1.
Nunu.
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  • The nun said her farewells, but not one to Harry Belfield, who had already strolled off along the road.

    Second String Anthony Hope
  • My father said something to the nun who came forward, and she took us into the parlour.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • But time has altered me very much, and quite lately I let a nun pass without saying anything to her.

    The Queen Pedauque Anatole France
  • The idea of becoming a nun always haunted me, but I was no longer mystic.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The circumstance of the nun, "who never saw the day," is not entirely imaginary.

British Dictionary definitions for nun

nun1

/nʌn/
noun
1.
a female member of a religious order
2.
(sometimes capital) a variety of domestic fancy pigeon usually having a black-and-white plumage with a ridged peak or cowl of short white feathers
Derived Forms
nunlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English nunne, from Church Latin nonna, from Late Latin: form of address used for an elderly woman

nun2

/nʊn/
noun
1.
the 14th letter in the Hebrew alphabet (נ or, at the end of a word, ן), transliterated as n
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Word Origin and History for nun
n.

Old English nunne "nun, vestal, pagan priestess, woman devoted to religious life under vows," from Late Latin nonna "nun, tutor," originally (along with masc. nonnus) a term of address to elderly persons, perhaps from children's speech, reminiscent of nana (cf. Sanskrit nona, Persian nana "mother," Greek nanna "aunt," Serbo-Croatian nena "mother," Italian nonna, Welsh nain "grandmother;" see nanny).

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nun in Culture

nun definition


A female member of a religious order, living in a convent, whose work is confined to the convent. The term is also applied broadly to other female members of religious orders (“sisters”) who often live outside their convents and work as teachers, nurses, social workers, or administrators.

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nun in the Bible

Beyond the fact that he was the father of Joshua nothing more is known of him (Ex. 33:11).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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