A woman devoted to a religious life, who lives in a convent, under the three vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
One of the original terms used to describe a religious woman. It is now used to refer particularly to those religious women who have embraced the contemplative* form of religious life such as the cloistered or discalced Carmelites. The ARs also have communities of cloistered contemplative nuns. The term Sister* often refers to a religious woman who has chosen a more active life style which includes some form of active apostolate.
a female living in a regular order under vows of poverty, chastity and obedience