• WordNet 3.6
    • n nunnery the convent of a community of nuns
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Nunnery A house in which nuns reside; a cloister or convent in which women reside for life, under religious vows. See Cloister, and Convent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • nunnery A convent or cloister for the exclusive use of nuns.
    • nunnery Nuns collectively, or the institution or system of conventual life for women.
    • nunnery A name sometimes given to the triforium of a medieval church, since in some churches this gallery was set apart for the use of nuns attending them.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Nunnery a house for nuns
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. nonnerie, OF. nonerie, F. nonnerie, fr. nonne, nun, L. nonna,. See Nun
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. nunne—Low L. nunna, nonna, a nun, an old maiden lady, the orig. sig. being 'mother;' cf. Gr. nannē, aunt, Sans. nanā, a child's word for 'mother.'


In literature:

In the previous century it had thrown whole nunneries near Bordeaux into wild confusion.
"The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal," by Various
The same year that Hothilred gave his land to Barking, the great legendary benefactor of that nunnery died.
"Memorials of Old London" by Various
She deserved to be put in a nunnery and made to kneel on unboiled peas three times a day.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
On the march we passed a nunnery, where we halted for about a quarter of an hour.
"The Autobiography of Sergeant William Lawrence" by William Lawrence
But as to that boat, it was a floating nunnery.
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
Founded in 1210 by Dona Sancha, daughter of Sancho I., the nunnery is now a blind asylum.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
You see, the nunnery was on this side, or, at any rate, the part where the nuns slept.
"John and Betty's History Visit" by Margaret Williamson
They cannot go to the monasteries, these are for boys alone, and the nunneries are very scarce.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
I have escaped from the nunnery.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
No, no, God forbid thou shouldst go to a nunnery.
"Gomez Arias" by Joaquín Telesforo de Trueba y Cosío

In poetry:

She gave me all that woman can,
Nor her soul's nunnery forego,
A confidence that man to man
Without remorse can never show.
"Monna Lisa" by James Russell Lowell
"I will spend my days in prayer;
Love and all her laws defy;
In a nunnery will I shroud me
Far from any compan-y:
But ere my prayers have an end, be sure of this,
To pray for thee and for thy love I will not miss.
"The Spanish Lady's Love" by Henry Morley

In news:

Gang of Four vocalist JON KING / Photo by Tracy Nunnery.
Get Thee to the Nunnery .
7th Circuit dumps race-discrimination claim by Willie Nunnery 's wife.
Kaylie Renee Lufcy- Nunnery , newborn daughter of Marie Lufcy of Benton and Shane Nunnery of Jackson, died Oct 30, 2010, at St Mary's Health Center in St Louis.
Nunnery wins West Union mayor's job.
Gary Walts / The Post-Standard Borodino residents Becky Leubner, left, and Andrea Belcher, pose in 2005 after painting an American flag on the pavement at the intersection of Route 41 and Nunnery Road in Borodino.
Among the publishing sensations of 1836 was a book by one Maria Monk, entitled Awful Disclosures, which purported to be her memoir of life in a Montreal nunnery.
Louis Nunnery is somewhat of a Renaissance man with a thirst for knowledge.
Nunnery served in the Navy, which took him to many ports all over the world.
Nunnery is an artist — his paintings range from the surrealism of Dali to the Baroque style of the 17th century.
Chi Lin Nunnery Hong Kong, China.
Chi Lin Vegetarian , a restaurant inside the Chi Lin nunnery in Nan Lian garden, a stunning Buddhist temple complex in Kowloon.