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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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  • And although she left the nunnery she never lost her incredible faith.
  • The building is located in a sixteen-lot area now occupied by a former nunnery, a church and a public parking lot.
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.

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