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[nuhn-uh-ree] /ˈnʌn ə ri/
noun, plural nunneries.
a building or group of buildings for nuns; convent.
Origin of nunnery
First recorded in 1225-75, nunnery is from the Middle English word nonnerie. See nun1, -ery Unabridged
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  • We will start on our drive to the nunnery as early as you please, Chevalier.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • On the march we passed a nunnery, where we halted for about a quarter of an hour.

  • If the salt of the earth––but not to the nunnery nor to the monkery, we go.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • When is she coming back to the monastery or the nunnery or rectory, or whatever it is?

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • On leaving the convent we proceeded to the nunnery in the neighbourhood.

  • This good-looking girl they tell me is to go into a nunnery—by my Hostie!

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • If I had only known you had been coming, what a nunnery I would have lived in to have been good enough for you!'

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • At length he found her out, but what was his grief and surprise—in a nunnery!

    The Life of Mansie Wauch David Macbeth Moir
  • The next day, at dawn, Albina received the Abbot of Antinoe at the nunnery.

    Thais Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for nunnery


noun (pl) -neries
the convent or religious house of a community of nuns
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nunnery

late 13c., "nunhood," from nun + -ery. Meaning "convent of nuns" is from c.1300. Meaning "house of ill fame" is attested by 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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