see also: Nun
Pronunciation Noun

nun (plural nuns)

  1. A member of a Christian religious community of women who live by certain vows and usually wear a habit, (Roman Catholicism, specifically) those living together in a cloister.
    Synonyms: sister, moniale, sistren
    Antonyms: brother, friar, monk, frater
  2. (by extension) A member of a similar female community in other confessions.
  3. (archaic, British, slang) A prostitute.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:prostitute
  4. A kind of pigeon with the feathers on its head like the hood of a nun.
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nun (plural nuns)

  1. The fourteenth letter of many Semitic alphabets/abjads (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
  • Russian: нун
  • Spanish: nun

Proper noun
  1. (very, rare) A male given name
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Deuteronomy 34:9 ↗:
      And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.
Proper noun
  1. The languages of the Bamun people of western Cameroon.

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