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[nuhn] /nʌn/
a woman member of a religious order, especially one bound by vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
any of various birds, especially a domestic variety of pigeon.
before 900; Middle English, Old English nunne < Medieval Latin nonna, feminine of nonnus monk
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nunlike, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for nunlike


a female member of a religious order
(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
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nunlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English nunne, from Church Latin nonna, from Late Latin: form of address used for an elderly woman


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 nunlike



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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nunlike 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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nunlike 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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