nun

Definition of nun

Pronunciation: nŭn
n.1.
1.A woman devoted to a religious life, who lives in a convent, under the three vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
They holy time is quiet as a nun
Breathless with adoration.
- Wordsworth.
2.(Zool.) A white variety of domestic pigeons having a veil of feathers covering the head.
Gray nuns
(R. C. Ch.) the members of a religious order established in Montreal in 1745, whence branches were introduced into the United States in 1853; - so called from the color or their robe, and known in religion as Sisters of Charity of Montreal.
Nun buoy
See under Buoy.
1.The 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, corresponding in pronunciation to n.
1.The 25th letter of the Arabic alphabet, corresponding in pronunciation to n.

Related Words

abbess, canoness, celibataire, celibate, clergywoman, conventual, lady superior, misogamist, misogynist, monastic, monk, mother superior, novice, postulant, priest, prioress, religieuse, secular canoness, single, sister, superioress, the reverend mother, unmarried
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