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[noo n] /nʊn/
the 25th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin of nūn
From Arabic; See origin at nun2, nu1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for nūn


a female member of a religious order
(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


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 nūn



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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nūn 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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