nunnery

[ nuhn-uh-ree ]
/ ˈnʌn ə ri /

noun, plural nun·ner·ies.

a building or group of buildings for nuns; convent.

Nearby words

  1. nuneaton,
  2. nunhood,
  3. nunivak,
  4. nunn,
  5. nunnation,
  6. nunny bag,
  7. nuoc mam,
  8. nupe,
  9. nupercaine,
  10. nuptial

Origin of nunnery

First recorded in 1225–75, nunnery is from the Middle English word nonnerie. See nun1, -ery

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British Dictionary definitions for nunnery

nunnery

/ (ˈnʌnərɪ) /

noun plural -neries

the convent or religious house of a community of nuns
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Word Origin and History for nunnery

nunnery

n.

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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