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[ur-suh-lin, -lahyn, -leen, urs-yoo-] /ˈɜr sə lɪn, -ˌlaɪn, -ˌlin, ˈɜrs yʊ-/
Roman Catholic Church. a member of an order of nuns founded at Brescia, Italy, about 1537, devoted to teaching.
of or relating to the Ursulines.
Origin of Ursuline
1685-95; Saint Ursul(a) + -ine1 Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Who, at least in Boston, forgets the destruction of the Ursuline Convent?

  • The Ursuline Convent was also visited and an address received.

    The Life of King Edward VII J. Castell Hopkins
  • The monastic orders gladly accept this heavy peasant earthenware, which is easily fashioned into a Capuchin or an Ursuline.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • Why don't you make yourself an Ursuline, now that we are here?

    The Deputy of Arcis Honore de Balzac
  • The man suggested the convent of Ursuline nuns on the other side of the street.

    Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • This house, this church, the garden that we crossed, are the remains of an old Ursuline convent.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • To-day this fine building, or what is left of it, has become an Ursuline boarding-house.

    Rambles in Brittany Francis Miltoun
  • In 1834 the Ursuline convent at Charlestown, near Boston, was sacked and burned.

    Our Foreigners Samuel P. Orth
  • In the summer of 1727, the Jesuits and Ursuline nuns arrived.

  • It seems that both the daughters of whom I have spoken, went to a school attached to the Ursuline Nunnery in the city of————.

British Dictionary definitions for Ursuline


a member of an order of nuns devoted to teaching in the Roman Catholic Church: founded in 1537 at Brescia
of or relating to this order
Word Origin
C16: named after St Ursula, patron saint of St Angela Merici, who founded the order
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