\ ˈnən How to pronounce nun (audio) \

Definition of nun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a woman belonging to a religious order especially : one under solemn vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience
\ ˈnu̇n How to pronounce nun (audio) \

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 How to pronounce nunlike (audio) \ 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nun. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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\ ˈnən How to pronounce nun (audio) \

Kids Definition of nun

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

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