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noun, plural nun·ner·ies.
  1. a building or group of buildings for nuns; convent.
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Origin of nunnery

First recorded in 1225–75, nunnery is from the Middle English word nonnerie. See nun1, -ery
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noun plural -neries
  1. the convent or religious house of a community of nuns
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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.

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