nun

noun (1)
\ˈnən \

Definition of nun 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a woman belonging to a religious order especially : one under solemn vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience

nun

noun (2)
\ˈnu̇n \

Definition of nun (Entry 2 of 2)

: the 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet — see Alphabet Table

Other Words from nun

Noun (1)

nunlike \ˈnən-​ˌlīk \ adjective

First Known Use of nun

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1567, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nun

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English nunne, from Late Latin nonna

Noun (2)

Hebrew nūn

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nun

noun
\ˈnən \

Kids Definition of nun

: a woman belonging to a religious community and living according to vows

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