bhik·​shuni | \ ˈbik-ˌshə-nē How to pronounce bhikshuni (audio) \
plural bhikshunis

Definition of bhikshuni

: a woman belonging to a Hindu or Buddhist monastic order : a Hindu or Buddhist nun Other precepts, such as the one requiring bhikshunis to receive instructions from a bhikshu twice a month (but not vice versa), clearly reflect gender inequalities in Indian society at that time.— Bhikshuni Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Blossoms of the Dharma: Living as a Buddhist Nun, 1999 The number of vows varies among different Buddhist lineages, and within each lineage, the bhikshus and bhikshunis have different numbers of vows.— Thubten Chodron, Taming The Mind, 2004

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First Known Use of bhikshuni

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bhikshuni

borrowed from Sanskrit bhikṣuṇī, feminine derivative of bhikṣu bhikshu

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“Bhikshuni.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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