noun, plural nun·ner·ies.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of nunnery

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Historical Examples of nunnery

British Dictionary definitions for nunnery


noun plural -neries

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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