from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman who belongs to a religious order or congregation devoted to active service or meditation, living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
- n. The 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. See Table at alphabet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The fourteenth letter of many Semitic alphabets/abjads (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
- n. A member of a Christian religious community of women who live by certain vows and usually wear a habit, in some cases living together in a cloister.
- n. By extension, member of a similar female community in other confessions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A woman devoted to a religious life, who lives in a convent, under the three vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
- n. A white variety of domestic pigeons having a veil of feathers covering the head.
- n. The smew.
- n. The European blue titmouse.
- n. The 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, corresponding in pronunciation to n.
- n. The 25th letter of the Arabic alphabet, corresponding in pronunciation to n.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman devoted to a religious life, under a vow of poverty, celibacy, and obedience to a superior: correlative to monk.
- n. A female recluse.
- n. A name of several different birds.
- n. A child's top.
- To cloister up as a nun; confine in or as if in a nunnery.
- n. Same as nun-moth.
- n. A yellowish-brown, neutral, fatty substance produced by an insect found in Yucatan. It melts at 48.9° C. and readily absorbs oxygen from the air.
- n. The fourteenth letter (ℶ) of the Hebrew alphabet, corresponding to the Greek
νῦand the English n. Its numerical value is 50.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a buoy resembling a cone
- n. the 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
- n. a woman religious
Middle English, from Old English nunne and from Old French nonne, both from Late Latin nonna, feminine of nonnus, tutor, monk.
Mishnaic Hebrew nûn, of Phoenician origin; see nwn in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ultimately from Proto-Semitic *nūn- (“fish”). (Wiktionary)
From Late Latin nonna ("nun, tutor"), originally (along with masculine form nonnus ("man")) a term of address for elderly persons, perhaps from children's speech, reminiscent of nana, like papa etc. (Wiktionary)