nun definition by Webster's New World
- a member of a women's religious order, esp. of one living under a common rule and taking vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience
- any of various birds; esp., any of a domesticated breed of pigeon
Origin: Middle English nunne ; from Old English ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin nonna, nun, origin, originally , child's nurse: like Classical Greek nanna, aunt, Sanskrit nanā, mother, ultimately ; from baby talk
Origin: Classical Hebrew (language) nūn, literally , fish
nun definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English, from Old English nunne and from Old French nonne, both from Late Latin nonna, feminine of nonnus, tutor, monk.
Origin: Mishnaic Hebrew nûn, of Phoenician origin; see nwn in Semitic roots.
nun - Cultural Definition
A female member of a religious order, living in a convent, whose work is confined to the convent. The term is also applied broadly to other female members of religious orders (“sisters”) who often live outside their convents and work as teachers, nurses, social workers, or administrators.