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

Definition of nunnery

: a convent of nuns

Examples of nunnery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The area around the nunnery is not an easy place to live. Robert Presutti, New York Times, "A Glimpse Inside the Secluded World of a Georgian Nunnery," 22 Apr. 2020 The nunnery looked oddly like a women’s madrassa in Qom, the country’s religious centre, and the audience seemed thrilled by a female rebel challenging the stifling atmosphere. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 When Lee first began volunteering 20 years ago, the nunnery was home to about 30 nuns. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Kung Fu Nuns of Nepal boost their health in the fight for women's rights," 20 Dec. 2019 There’s increasingly less impetus to enroll kids in monasteries and nunneries for more than a token period of religious observance. Mark Orwoll, Condé Nast Traveler, "On a Myanmar River Cruise, a Rare Chance to Interact With Burmese Monks," 26 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of nunnery

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Nunnery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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literary + old-fashioned : a place where nuns live


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plural nunneries

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