Ur·​su·​line ˈər-sə-lən How to pronounce Ursuline (audio) -ˌlīn How to pronounce Ursuline (audio) -ˌlēn How to pronounce Ursuline (audio)
: a member of any of several Roman Catholic teaching orders of nuns
especially : a member of a teaching order founded by St. Angela Merici in Brescia, Italy, in 1535

Word History


New Latin Ursulina, from Ursula St. Ursula, legendary Christian martyr

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Ursuline was in 1693

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Cite this Entry

“Ursuline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ursuline. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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