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nun - What does it mean?

Definition of 'nun'


Etymology 1

From ) a term of address for elderly persons, perhaps from children's speech, reminiscent of nana, like papa etc.


  • A member of a Christian religious community of women who live by certain vows and usually wear a habit, in some cases living together in a cloister.
  • By extension, member of a similar female community in other confessions.
  • Synonyms
    * sister, moniale, sistren
    * (member of a religious community of men) * brother * friar * monk * friar and frater or father
    Derived terms
    * nunhood * nunlike, nun-like * nunnery

    Etymology 2

    Ultimately from (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * noon *


  • The fourteenth letter of many Semitic alphabets/abjads (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
  • Similar to 'nun'

    noun, noon, non, nin, neon, nan, naan, nen