American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. The smew, Mergellus albellus, more fully called
- 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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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)
“JACKI SCHECHNER, CNN INTERNET REPORTER: Tom, take a close look at what they call the nun bun, or the immaculate confection.”
“For whatever else she is, a nun is a woman who has pledged herself to God and renounced sex.”
“The incumbent of a temple, celibate or not, is called a monk; the term nun is generally rejected, at least in contemporary Western Zen.”
“And the average age of an American nun is around 70 — except in traditional orders such as the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which now [in 2006] have 73 members with an average age of 24.”
“Somehow, an evil nun is trying totake the thing over.”
“She called the nun in July, 2008 to make the appointment, and Teresa couldn't book an appointment until November 2, 2010.”
“She turns out to be a nun from the Church of England, and her mind has been implanted with the Index-Librorum-Prohibitorum – all the magical texts the Church has removed from circulation. (from: Wikipedia)”
“One nun from the monastery of Töss was devoted to a depiction of Christ in Judgment before Pilate. 21 She would pray before the image, asking that she be judged favorably at the Last Judgment.”
“A nun is murdered by protesting muslins in Somalia.”
“I didn't speak to a single nun from the day I graduated from high school, in 1967, until the late 1980s, when I encountered nuns as political allies, signers of an advertisement taken out in The New York Times saying that not all Catholics were anti-choice.”
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