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nun 1

 (nŭn)
n.
A woman who belongs to a religious order or congregation devoted to active service or meditation, typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

[Middle English, from Old English nunne and from Old French nonne, both from Late Latin nonna, feminine of nonnus, tutor, monk.]

nun 2

 (no͝on)
n.
The 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. See Table at alphabet.

[Mishnaic Hebrew nûn, of Phoenician origin; see nwn in Semitic roots.]

nun

(nʌn)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a female member of a religious order
2. (Breeds) (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
[Old English nunne, from Church Latin nonna, from Late Latin: form of address used for an elderly woman]
ˈnunlike adj

nun

(nʊn)
n
(Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) the 14th letter in the Hebrew alphabet (נ or, at the end of a word, ן), transliterated as n

nun1

(nʌn)

n.
a woman who is a member of a religious order, esp. one bound by vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English nunne < Medieval Latin nonna, feminine of nonnus monk]
nun′like`, adj.

nun2

(nun, nʊn)

n.
the 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
[1875–80; < Hebrew nūn literally, fish]

nun

- Derived from Latin nonna, the feminine of nonnus, "monk," originally a title given to an elderly person.
See also related terms for monk.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nun - a woman religiousnun - a woman religious      
religious - a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience
Sister - (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a nun (and used as a form of address); "the Sisters taught her to love God"
2.nun - a buoy resembling a conenun - a buoy resembling a cone    
buoy - bright-colored; a float attached by rope to the seabed to mark channels in a harbor or underwater hazards
3.nun - the 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
Hebraic alphabet, Hebrew alphabet, Hebrew script - a Semitic alphabet used since the 5th century BC for writing the Hebrew language (and later for writing Yiddish and Ladino)
alphabetic character, letter of the alphabet, letter - the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech; "his grandmother taught him his letters"

nun

noun sister, Bride of Christ He was taught by the Catholic nuns
Translations
رَاهِبَةٌراهِبَه
jeptiška
nonne
nunna
časna sestra
nunna
尼僧
수녀
moterų vienuolynasvienuolė
mūķene
mníška
nuna
nunna
แม่ชี
nữ tu sĩ

nun

[nʌn] Nmonja f, religiosa f
to become a nunhacerse monja, meterse (a) monja

nun

[ˈnʌn] nreligieuse f, sœur f
She's a nun → Elle est religieuse.

nun

nNonne f

nun

[nʌn] nsuora, monaca

nun

(nan) noun
a member of a female religious community.
ˈnunneryplural ˈnunneries noun
a house in which a group of nuns live; a convent.

nun

رَاهِبَةٌ jeptiška nonne Nonne μοναχή monja nunna nonne časna sestra suora 尼僧 수녀 non nonne zakonnica freira монахиня nunna แม่ชี rahibe nữ tu sĩ 修女

nun

n. monja, hermana religiosa.
References in classic literature ?
I am a nun from the Spinning Convent,[10] and my mother when she died left me this apple.
She made the youth rise, embraced him, and said, 'Know, my son, that it is I who sent the nun to your mother and caused you to be born, and with you the horse, with whose help you will be able to free the world from the monster.
The sacked nun is in one of her tantrums," muttered the populace; and that was the end of it.
But she should be dressed as a nun; I think she looks almost what you call a Quaker; I would dress her as a nun in my picture.
As he appeared in the doorway, the nun rose, gave a low cry, and stood staring.
You are going to be a nun," he went on, "in a cell--for life--with a gown and white veil?
Finally, one day, an old fiacre stopped in front of the door and a nun stepped out.
After several minutes had elapsed, she heard footsteps, the door was half opened and a nun appeared.
I have seen her since several times, but our intercourse is, at any rate on her side, as of a frozen nun with some great lady.
A monotonous, silent city, deriving an earthy flavour throughout from its Cathedral crypt, and so abounding in vestiges of monastic graves, that the Cloisterham children grow small salad in the dust of abbots and abbesses, and make dirt-pies of nuns and friars; while every ploughman in its outlying fields renders to once puissant Lord Treasurers, Archbishops, Bishops, and such-like, the attention which the Ogre in the story-book desired to render to his unbidden visitor, and grinds their bones to make his bread.
Whether the nuns of yore, being of a submissive rather than a stiff-necked generation, habitually bent their contemplative heads to avoid collision with the beams in the low ceilings of the many chambers of their House; whether they sat in its long low windows telling their beads for their mortification, instead of making necklaces of them for their adornment; whether they were ever walled up alive in odd angles and jutting gables of the building for having some ineradicable leaven of busy mother Nature in them which has kept the fermenting world alive ever since; these may be matters of interest to its haunting ghosts (if any), but constitute no item in Miss Twinkleton's half-yearly accounts.
I'll really call in on the nuns," he said to the officers who watched him smilingly, and he rode off by the winding path down the hill.