noun, plural re·li·gieuses [ruh-lee-zhyœz] /rə liˈʒyœz/. French.
  1. a woman belonging to a religious order, congregation, etc. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for religieuse

Historical Examples of religieuse

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


    Marie Corelli

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

    I, Mary MacLane

    Mary MacLane

  • The religieuse slipped to the floor at the girl's side, and covered the small hands with kisses.

    Mlle. Fouchette

    Charles Theodore Murray

  • The religieuse hovered sleepily in the background with an overdue and neglected dose.

    Tono Bungay

    H. G. Wells

  • A religieuse sleeps in each dortoir; the beds have not even curtains, so that there is the most perfect surveillance.

British Dictionary definitions for religieuse


  1. a nun

Word Origin for religieuse

C18: feminine of religieux
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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.

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