Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of an order of nuns of the Roman Catholic Church, founded in the early 16th century and devoted to the education of girls.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the Ursulines.

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  • n. One of a Roman Catholic female religious order whose patron saint is Saint Ursula.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to St. Ursula, or the order of Ursulines.
  • n. One of an order of nuns founded by St. Angela Merici, at Brescia, in Italy, about the year 1537, and so called from St. Ursula, under whose protection it was placed. The order was introduced into Canada as early as 1639, and into the United States in 1727. The members are devoted entirely to education.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the Roman Catholic order or company of Ursulines.
  • n. One of an order or company of Roman Catholic women founded by St. Angela Merici at Brescia in 1537, for the nursing of the sick and the teaching of young girls.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

After Saint Ursula, legendary British princess and martyr.

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