from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A convent of nuns.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a place of residence for nuns; a convent
  • n. (obsolete) a brothel

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A house in which nuns reside; a cloister or convent in which women reside for life, under religious vows. See cloister, and convent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A convent or cloister for the exclusive use of nuns.
  • Nuns collectively, or the institution or system of conventual life for women.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the convent of a community of nuns


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  • Our training took place at The Novitiate Nazareth, a very nice retreat center that is a convent aka nunnery by some locals.

    Way Down South

  • But when the bishop came to visit a nunnery, that is precisely what happened.

    Medieval People

  • During three centuries, the nunnery was a neighbour of the monastery, but, in 910, as the Huns were wasting the country, the nuns, with the help of the Emperor Louis III, constructed a fortified convent in the valley.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Out of a sheer impulse for self-protection she flies to the nunnery, which is ready to give her life at the price of her womanhood and her self-sacrifice.


  • To give an idea of the feeling which has always been common in Rome against the Jesuits, it is enough to quote the often told popular legend about the windy Piazza del Ges├╣, where their principal church stands, adjoining what was once their convent, or monastery, as people say nowadays, though Doctor Johnson admits no distinction between the words, and Dryden called a nunnery by the latter name.

    Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2 Studies from the Chronicles of Rome

  • The nucleus of the nunnery was a private house called

    Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney The Fascination of London

  • That the nunnery was a sacred place, and ought not to be profaned by the admission of enemies of the church.

    Awful Disclosures Containing, Also, Many Incidents Never before Published

  • The local Tibetan said the authorities had since locked down the area and sent troops into the nunnery, which is known as Ganden Jangchup Choeling.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The very sight of a convent-spire was sufficient to set their Moslem blood in a foment, and they sacked it with as fierce a zeal as though the sacking of a nunnery were a sure passport to Elysium.

    Wolfert's Roost and Miscellanies

  • 'Tis a very nice point, madam: I really do not well know how to advise: but, to be sure, a nunnery is a choice not to be recommended to a lady of your youth and beauty, unless your inclinations lead you that way; then indeed --

    Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph


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  • dont forget "nunnery" from Hamlet =]

    April 13, 2009

  • bunnery : a baker's shop

    cunnery : an Aleutian gift shop

    dunnery : a bill-collection center

    funnery : clown school; alternate name for Wordie

    gunnery : design and manufacture of heavy guns

    hunnery : camp for German prisoners of war

    munnery : a bank

    lunnery : a teashop

    punnery : den of iniquity; alternate name for Wordie

    runnery : track and field training complex

    sunnery : tanning salon

    shunnery : alternate name for the city of Coventry

    stunnery : an Abu Ghraib interrogation cell

    February 8, 2009

  • Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkinde,

    That from the Nunnerie

    Of thy chaste breast, and quiet minde,

    To Warre and Armes I flie.

    - Richard Lovelace, 'To Lucasta, Going to the Warres'.

    February 7, 2009

  • The WordNet definition listed seems just a bit redundant.

    December 6, 2007