What Is a Group of Nuns Called?


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According to Oxford Dictionaries, a group of nuns is known as a superfluity. Although the term is now rarely used to refer to nuns, it is sometimes used to refer to an excessive amount of something.

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What Is a Group of Nuns Called?
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The New Collegiate dictionary states that the word superfluity has a 14th century origin. The linguistic source of the word can be found in the Latin term superfluus, the Anglo-French word superfluité and the Middle-English word superfluitee. A single nun, a woman who has made solemn vows to a religious order, is generally called a sister, though some religious orders also refer to her as mother or dame.

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