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name Tweet Definition of name Like Definition of name on Facebook
noun
  1. Any word or phrase which indicates a particular person, place, class, or thing.
verb (nam, ing)
  1. (transitive) To give a name to.
1904: w:L. Frank Baum, L. Frank Baum, The Land of Oz " I will the fellow 'Jack Pumpkinhead!'
  1. (transitive) To mention, specify.
He named his demands.
You it!
  1. (transitive) To identify as relevant or important
naming the problem
  1. (transitive) To publicly implicate.
The painter was named as an accomplice.
  1. (transitive) To designate for a role.
My neighbor was named to the steering committee.
Nativity Tweet Definition of Nativity Like Definition of Nativity on Facebook
noun
  1. (Christianity) The birth of Jesus as described in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
  2. (context, by extension) Christmas.
nature Tweet Definition of nature Like Definition of nature on Facebook
noun
  1. The essential characteristics
Albert Camus' book Le Mythe de Sisyphe is of philosophical nature.
  1. A wild primitive state of being
  2. The summary of everything that has to do with biological and geographical states and events on earth
  3. The environment, the outdoors
Nazarene Tweet Definition of Nazarene Like Definition of Nazarene on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A person from Nazareth.
  2. (kat' exochen, κ~+mn~τ' ξωχήν) Jesus Christ. Usually with 'the'.
  3. Members of the Church of the Nazarene.
    • I have been a for several years, I joined the church in 1946.
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to Nazareth or its people.
  2. Of or relating to the Church of the Nazarene.
    • Holiness Today is a magazine.
neophyte Tweet Definition of neophyte Like Definition of neophyte on Facebook
noun
  1. beginner
  2. novice (recent convert), a new convert or proselyte;
  3. (Christianity) a name given by the early Christians, and still given by the Roman Catholics, to those who have recently embraced the Christian faith, and been admitted to baptism, especially those converts from heathenism or Judaism.
  4. (ecology) a plant species recently introduced to an area (in contrast to archaeophyte, a long-established introduced species).
Nicene Creed Tweet Definition of Nicene Creed Like Definition of Nicene Creed on Facebook
nounNicene creed, Creed
  1. The orthodox creed setting out the Catholic church's position on the Holy Trinity.
noncanonical Tweet Definition of noncanonical Like Definition of noncanonical on Facebook
adjective
  1. Not part of canon.
Nonconformist Tweet Definition of Nonconformist Like Definition of Nonconformist on Facebook
noun
  1. Any person that does not conform.
  2. (christianity) A member of a Protestant church which does not observe the doctrines of the established church, especially of the Church of England.
nonconformity Tweet Definition of nonconformity Like Definition of nonconformity on Facebook
noun
  1. rejection, Rejection of or the failure to conform, especially to standards, rules, or laws.
  2. (religion) The refusal to adhere to a state religion.
none Tweet Definition of none Like Definition of none on Facebook
pronoun
  1. Not any person: no one, nobody.
  2. Not any (of previously mentioned things).
I asked if there were any pieces of fruit left, but he said there were remaining.
nones Tweet Definition of nones Like Definition of nones on Facebook
noun
  1. In the w:Roman calendar, Roman calendar the eighth day (ninth counting inclusively) before the ides of a month. That is the seventh day of March, May, July, October, and the fifth day of the other months.
novena Tweet Definition of novena Like Definition of novena on Facebook
noun
  1. (in the Roman Catholic church) A recitation of prayers and devotions for nine consecutive days, especially one to a saint to ask for their intercession
novitiate Tweet Definition of novitiate Like Definition of novitiate on Facebook
noun
  1. the period during which a novice of a religious order undergoes training
  2. the place where a novice lives and studies
  3. a novice
nun Tweet Definition of nun Like Definition of nun on Facebook
noun
  1. A member of a Christian religious community of women who live by certain vows and usually wear a habit.
nunnery Tweet Definition of nunnery Like Definition of nunnery on Facebook
noun (nunner, ies)
  1. (archaic) a place of residence for nuns
    • 1601: w:Shakespeare, Shakespeare, w:Hamlet, Hamlet III.i
    • :Get thee to a nunnery, why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners?
      1. (slang) (obsolete) a brothel

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