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[ruh-lee-zhyœz] /rə liˈʒyœz/
noun, plural religieuses
[ruh-lee-zhyœz] /rə liˈʒyœz/ (Show IPA).
a woman belonging to a religious order, congregation, etc. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A religieuse sleeps in each dortoir; the beds have not even curtains, so that there is the most perfect surveillance.

  • Again the searching eyes of the religieuse surveyed me; she sighed slightly.

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
  • She retired to the hills and lived as a religieuse until the Later Han.

  • Im like a leopard and Im like a poet and Im like a religieuse and Im like an outlaw.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • It is all very well for Mademoiselle Susan, but you are not created for a religieuse.

    A Modern Chronicle, Complete Winston Churchill
  • The religieuse hovered sleepily in the background with an overdue and neglected dose.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • To a girl in the heyday of youth and beauty the life of a religieuse seems ridiculous.

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
  • She became a religieuse very young, and declared her intention of never marrying.

    Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent
  • The religieuse slipped to the floor at the girl's side, and covered the small hands with kisses.

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
British Dictionary definitions for religieuse


a nun
Word Origin
C18: feminine of religieux
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for religieuse

"a nun, a religious woman," 1690s, from French, fem. of religieux "monk," noun use of adjective meaning "religious" (see religious). As a type of pastry, attested from 1929.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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