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noun (1)

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


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noun (2)

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

Examples of nun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Almost every time a character or place in town is on the verge of becoming too self-consciously twee — the local convent has a yoga studio, and two nuns in the kitchen who trained under Jamie Oliver — the show finds a way to reveal some specific, extremely human detail about them. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 9 May 2024 Spending the day lounging by the pool bar (once the nuns’ orchard) is a fine option, and exploring the magical realist city is an even better one. Eleni N. Gage, Travel + Leisure, 4 May 2024 Specifically 30,000 liters of urine from 100 postmenopausal nuns. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, 1 May 2024 Rebel Nun follows the story of Catholic nun and leading death penalty abolitionist Sister Helen Prejean, whose story was first captured in the 1995 film Dead Man Walking. Jack Dunn, Variety, 17 Apr. 2024 After reviewing video footage, police discovered the nun, who was seen with the suitcase and wearing her habit. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 13 Apr. 2024 The commercial ends as the music reaches a crescendo, but the song is barely heard over the head nun’s crunching of the chips. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2024 Our Lady of Sorrows, a hospice for infirm and dying nuns (conveniently built over ancient catacombs!), to take her vows. Jen Yamato, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024 As for Immaculate, the film follows Sweeney as an American nun who transfers to an Italian convent that harbors dark and horrifying secrets. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

Hebrew nūn

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1567, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nun was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Nun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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