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nu1

[noo, nyoo] /nu, nyu/
noun
1.
the 13th letter of the Greek alphabet (Ν, ν).
2.
the consonant sound represented by this letter.
Origin of nu1
1885-1890
1885-90; < Greek < Semitic; cf. nun2

nu2

[noo] /nu/
interjection
1.
well? so? so what?
Origin
1890-95; < Yiddish; cognate with Old High German, Middle High German (adv. and conjunction), German nu (dial. and colloquial) well! well now! See now

Nu

[noo] /nu/
noun
1.
U [oo] /u/ (Show IPA), (Thauin Nu) 1907–1995, Burmese political leader: prime minister 1948–56, 1957–58, 1960–62.
2.
Egyptian Religion, Nun.

Nun

[noon] /nun/
noun, Egyptian Religion.
1.
oldest of the ancient Egyptian gods, personifying the primordial ocean from which the world was formed; father of Ra, the sun god.
Also, Nu [noo] /nu/ (Show IPA).
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nu1

/njuː/
noun
1.
the 13th letter in the Greek alphabet (Ν, ν), a consonant, transliterated as n
Word Origin
from Greek, of Semitic origin; compare nun²

nu2

abbreviation
1.
Niue

Nu

/njuː/
noun
1.
U (uː), original name Thakin Nu. 1907–95, Burmese statesman and writer; prime minister (1948–56, 1957–58, 1960–62). He attempted to establish parliamentary democracy, but was ousted (1962) by Ne Win

nun1

/nʌn/
noun
1.
a female member of a religious order
2.
(sometimes capital) a variety of domestic fancy pigeon usually having a black-and-white plumage with a ridged peak or cowl of short white feathers
Derived Forms
nunlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English nunne, from Church Latin nonna, from Late Latin: form of address used for an elderly woman

nun2

/nʊn/
noun
1.
the 14th letter in the Hebrew alphabet (נ or, at the end of a word, ן), transliterated as n
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Word Origin and History for nu

nun

n.

Old English nunne "nun, vestal, pagan priestess, woman devoted to religious life under vows," from Late Latin nonna "nun, tutor," originally (along with masc. nonnus) a term of address to elderly persons, perhaps from children's speech, reminiscent of nana (cf. Sanskrit nona, Persian nana "mother," Greek nanna "aunt," Serbo-Croatian nena "mother," Italian nonna, Welsh nain "grandmother;" see nanny).

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nu in Medicine

nu (nōō, nyōō)
n.

Symbol ν The 13th letter of the Greek alphabet.

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nu in Culture

nun definition


A female member of a religious order, living in a convent, whose work is confined to the convent. The term is also applied broadly to other female members of religious orders (“sisters”) who often live outside their convents and work as teachers, nurses, social workers, or administrators.

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