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[noo, nyoo]
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  1. the 13th letter of the Greek alphabet (Ν, ν).
  2. the consonant sound represented by this letter.

Origin of nu1

1885–90; < Greek < Semitic; cf. nun2


  1. U [oo] /u/, Thauin Nu, 1907–1995, Burmese political leader: prime minister 1948–56, 1957–58, 1960–62.
  2. Egyptian Religion 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/.
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abbreviation for (in Britain)
  1. National Union of Students


  1. the 13th letter in the Greek alphabet (Ν, ν), a consonant, transliterated as n

Word Origin

from Greek, of Semitic origin; compare nun ²


the internet domain name for
  1. Niue


  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


  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 Formsnunlike, adjective

Word Origin

Old English nunne, from Church Latin nonna, from Late Latin: form of address used for an elderly woman


  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 nus



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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nus in Medicine


(nōō, nyōō)
  1. The 13th letter of the Greek alphabet.
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nus in Culture


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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