Definition of bhikkhuni in US English:

bhikkhuni

noun

historical
  • A member of an order of Theravada Buddhist nuns.

    • ‘Now it is a women's temple where between ten and twenty bhikkhunis live.’
    • ‘The woman realized that she became a bhikkhuni only in her old age and that she must not be negligent, but must make use of the remaining period of her life to the utmost.’
    • ‘Women had more freedom and independence within the order of bhikkhunis than anywhere else in society.’
    • ‘The samaneri and bhikkhunis chose to wear purple robes which is a traditionally accepted forest color in Asia.’
    • ‘Likewise, the bhikkhuni order never made the demanding passage across the Himalayas into Tibet.’

Origin

Pali.

Pronunciation

bhikkhuni

/bəˈko͞onē/