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[nuhn-uh-ree] /ˈnʌn ə ri/
noun, plural nunneries.
a building or group of buildings for nuns; convent.
Origin of nunnery
1225-75; Middle English nonnerie. See nun1, -ery Unabridged
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  • But the usual custom was to place such women as lay boarders in the custody of a nunnery.

  • We will start on our drive to the nunnery as early as you please, Chevalier.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • While a thunderbolt leaves a monastery or a nunnery in existence, lightning has no avenging power!

  • If the salt of the earth––but not to the nunnery nor to the monkery, we go.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • So I bade him follow me closely, and soon we were back at the nunnery gates.

    A Thane of Wessex Charles W. Whistler
  • If I had only known you had been coming, what a nunnery I would have lived in to have been good enough for you!'

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • Nor is there anything in the spirit of the times which betokens the revival of the nunnery and monastic systems.

    The Education of American Girls Anna Callender Brackett
  • And she earnestly implored me to get her into some nunnery, where she might be safe.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • One by one the watchers in the nunnery wearied of the lamentable sight, and muttering prayers, departed terrified to their beds.

    The Lady Of Blossholme H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for nunnery


noun (pl) -neries
the convent or religious house of a community of nuns
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Word Origin and History for nunnery

late 13c., "nunhood," from nun + -ery. Meaning "convent of nuns" is from c.1300. Meaning "house of ill fame" is attested by 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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