nun·​nery | \ ˈnən-rē How to pronounce nunnery (audio) , ˈnə-nə-\
plural nunneries

Definition of nunnery

: a convent of nuns

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Aging Robin Hood returns from war and finds Maid Marian in a nunnery and the sheriff of Nottingham in charge. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 The repurposed building — which over the years has served as a nunnery, a nursing school and dormitory, and administrative offices for St. Anthony’s Hospital — is currently home to 49 affordable apartment housing units. Beth Rankin, The Denver Post, "Odell Brewing is opening a brewery and taproom (with rooftop patio) in Sloan’s Lake," 26 July 2019 Andrea Wyner Set on a remote, grassy hilltop in Tuscany, with a view over the rolling vineyards of Montalcino, the 18th-century brick-and-stone Arniano farmhouse, a former nunnery, has twice been revived by the Guinness family. Laura Rysman, New York Times, "How to Host a Relaxed, Italian-Style Late Lunch," 27 June 2019 Investigations of the nunnery yielded no evidence of the kind of behavior Monk had recounted. David S. Reynolds, The New York Review of Books, "The Popery Panic," 18 Apr. 2019 The Last Supper,’’ is in the nunnery at Santa Maria delle Grazie, about a 10-minute jaunt from the castle. Michael J. Bailey,, "In Milan, a low-tech saunter through a mecca of high fashion," 18 June 2019 Weave traditional textiles with local artisans, participate in a masked folk dance, and beat a Bhutanese drum during a chanting ceremony at a nunnery. National Geographic, "Bhutan High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Joina nunnery, there’ll always be a place for you in the convent. Colleen Kratofil,, "Chrissy Teigen, Rose McGowan Respond After Karl Lagerfeld Slams #MeToo Movement," 16 Apr. 2018 What’s more, her structured top boasted an off-the-shoulder shape as well as side cut-outs that would be less than welcome in a nunnery. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Lily Collins Wears Black Sheer Look and Headpiece to Met Gala 2018," 7 May 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nunnery

literary + old-fashioned : a place where nuns live


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plural nunneries

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