Last modified on 19 November 2014, at 14:21
See also: Nun, Nun., nún, and ñun

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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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NounEdit

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 2Edit

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

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NounEdit

nun (plural nuns)

  1. The fourteenth letter of many Semitic alphabets/abjads (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
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ReferencesEdit

  • nun” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

AsturianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin nōn.

AdverbEdit

nun

  1. not, no (used to make negatives)

Etymology 2Edit

ContractionEdit

nun

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

ChiricahuaEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • non (in older Americanist literature)

EtymologyEdit

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

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NounEdit

nun

  1. grave, burial place
  2. cache

EsperantoEdit

EtymologyEdit

German nun.

AdverbEdit

nun

  1. now

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FalaEdit

AdverbEdit

nun

  1. Alternative form of non

GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

ContractionEdit

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

  1. in a, in one

GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • nu (colloquial)

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

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 notesEdit

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.

InterjectionEdit

nun

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

HausaEdit

NounEdit

nun f

  1. Arabic letter nun (ن)

IdoEdit

AdverbEdit

nun

  1. now

LojbanEdit

RafsiEdit

nun

  1. rafsi of nu.

MirandeseEdit

AdverbEdit

nun

  1. not

NovialEdit

AdverbEdit

nun

  1. now

RohingyaEdit

EtymologyEdit

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NounEdit

nun

  1. salt

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin nonnus.

NounEdit

nun m (plural nunifeminine equivalent nună)

  1. the godfather at a wedding

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TurkishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic نون (nūn).

NounEdit

nun

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

VolapükEdit

NounEdit

nun (plural nuns)

  1. message

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