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 Father Vapnik lied to his congregants the next Sunday, said that the horse had taken Ina up the mountain and left her safe and sound at the nunnery. Ottessa Moshfegh, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 In Benedetta, nunnery is shown as a means to emancipation, rather than oppression, for the main character. ELLE, 3 June 2022 Through nunnery, women had the opportunity to become educated. ELLE, 3 June 2022 Villiam’s grandfather, traumatized by the death of his father, took the priest’s advice and ordered Ina to be sent to the nunnery. Ottessa Moshfegh, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 The monastery is a former motel with a lobby in the shape of a wigwam, where Bran’s mother meditates and vacuums and rapidly dies of ovarian cancer, which means Bran never gets to ask whether the call of the nunnery was worth abandoning a daughter. New York Times, 17 May 2022 The nun’s arrival at the Missionaries of Charity’s Casa Beato Juan Diego in Tijuana -- a combination nunnery and home for the elderly behind the city’s main bus depot -- was a quiet affair witnessed by few outsiders. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Jan. 2022 This one picks up that vaguely abolitionist thinking by having Fiona serve out her time via community service at a nunnery. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 18 Nov. 2021 When Marie arrives in 1158, at the age of 17, the stinking, frigid nunnery is ridden with poverty and disease. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2021 See More

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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 7 Aug. 2022.

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