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nun

[ nuhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF nun

Synonyms for nun

  • sister
  • abbess
  • anchorite
  • postulant
  • prioress
  • vestal
  • canoness
  • mother superior
  • religious woman
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Antonyms for nun

  • monk
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NUN

I could see myself like the novice who had just been admitted as a nun.

The idea of becoming a nun always haunted me, but I was no longer mystic.

My father said something to the nun who came forward, and she took us into the parlour.

The dowry left to me by my father was ample enough for the dowry of a nun.

Her bonnet was trimmed with ruches, so close together that it looked like a nun's head-gear.

The nun came, but not beyond the grating which bounds one side of the room.

My mother wished me to become a nun, and I wish it myself, sir.

I've never been a nun myself, having had better work to do in the world, ma'am.

Amid a buzz of conversation the nun was handed to the table.

He was above all things a chaste-minded man, modest as a nun.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English nunne "nun, vestal, pagan priestess, woman devoted to religious life under vows," from Late Latin nonna "nun, tutor," originally (along with masc. nonnus) a term of address to elderly persons, perhaps from children's speech, reminiscent of nana (cf. Sanskrit nona, Persian nana "mother," Greek nanna "aunt," Serbo-Croatian nena "mother," Italian nonna, Welsh nain "grandmother;" see nanny).

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