nun

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See also: Nun, Nun., nún, and ñun

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Late Latin nonna (nun, tutor), originally (along with masculine form nonnus (man)) a term of address for elderly persons, perhaps from children's speech, reminiscent of nana, like papa etc.

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nun (plural nuns)

  1. 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.
  2. By extension, member of a similar female community in other confessions.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Ultimately from Proto-Semitic *nūn- (fish).

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nun (plural nuns)

  1. The fourteenth letter of many Semitic alphabets/abjads (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
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  • nun” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Asturian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin nōn.

Adverb[edit]

nun

  1. not, no (used to make negatives)

Etymology 2[edit]

Contraction[edit]

nun

  1. in a/an (contraction of en + un)

Chiricahua[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • non (in older Americanist literature)

Etymology[edit]

Cognates: Navajo nooʼ, Western Apache non, noi, Plains Apache nǫǫ.

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Noun[edit]

nun

  1. grave, burial place
  2. cache

Esperanto[edit]

Etymology[edit]

German nun.

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nun

  1. now

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Fala[edit]

Adverb[edit]

nun

  1. Alternative form of non.

Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From contraction of preposition en (in) + masculine article un (a, one)

Contraction[edit]

nun m (feminine nunha, masculine plural nuns, feminine plural nunhas)

  1. in a, in one

German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • nu (colloquial)

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Adverb[edit]

nun

  1. now, then (expressing a logical or temporal consequence)
    Wir haben abgewaschen, nun müssen wir noch abtrocknen.
    We've washed up, now we must dry (the dishes).
    Was bedeuten nun die geschilderten Entwicklungen für unser Land?
    Now what do the aforementioned developments mean for our country?
  2. (expletive, used for minor emphasis)
    Was soll das nun wieder heißen?
    What's that again supposed to mean?

Usage notes[edit]

Although the adverb is similar and akin to English "now", German nun is not commonly used in a strictly temporal sense, meaning "at this very moment". For that, see jetzt.

Interjection[edit]

nun

  1. well, so
    Nun, das ist eine schwierige Frage.
    Well, that's a tough question.

Hausa[edit]

Noun[edit]

nun f

  1. Arabic letter nun (ن)

Ido[edit]

Adverb[edit]

nun

  1. now

Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

nun

  1. rafsi of nu.

Mirandese[edit]

Adverb[edit]

nun

  1. not

Novial[edit]

Adverb[edit]

nun

  1. now

Rohingya[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

nun

  1. salt

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin nonnus.

Noun[edit]

nun m (plural nunifeminine equivalent nună)

  1. the godfather at a wedding

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Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic نون (nūn).

Noun[edit]

nun

  1. Letter of the Arabic alphabet: ن
    • Previous: م
    • Next: و

Volapük[edit]

Noun[edit]

nun (plural nuns)

  1. message

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