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Definition of NUN

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nun \nun\ (n[oo^]n), n.
     The 25th letter of the Arabic alphabet, corresponding in pronunciation to n. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

nun \nun\ (n[u^]n), n. [OE. nunne, AS. nunne, fr. L. nonna nun, nonnus monk; cf. Gr. ?, ?; of unknown origin. Cf. {Nunnery}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. A woman devoted to a religious life, who lives in a convent, under the three vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. [1913 Webster]

              They holy time is quiet as a nun
              Breathless with adoration.            --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Zool.)
        (a) A white variety of domestic pigeons having a veil of feathers covering the head. (b) The smew. (c) The European blue titmouse. [1913 Webster]

     {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}.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

nun \nun\ (n[oo^]n or n[=oo]n), n.
     The 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, corresponding in pronunciation to n. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

23 Moby Thesaurus words for "nun":
     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


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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