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Definition of "nun" []

  • A woman who belongs to a religious order or congregation devoted to active service or meditation, living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. (noun)
  • The 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. See Table at alphabet. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "nun" in a sentence
  • "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."