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nunnery

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(Noun) A monastery for women. (Or a brothel - it was 16th-century slang - paradoxically enough. It's tough to figure out what Shakespeare's "get thee to a nunnery" meant.)
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(Adult / Slang)
Obsolete euphemism of the 16-17 th century for a brothel. See brothel for synonyms.

ETYMOLOGY: Possibly from nonariae , the Roman word for harlots.

QUOTE: William Shakespeare in Hamlet (His command to Ophelia): ' Get thee to a nunnery.'



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