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In Theravada Buddhist context, a samaneri can be translated as a novice nun.

In the Vinaya (monastic discipline), a woman under the age of 18 cannot be ordained as a bhikkhuni, but can be ordained as a samaneri. Samaneris keep the 10 precepts as their code of behavior, and are devoted to the Buddhist monastic life.

After 2 years as a samaneri, she will be considered for the higher Bhikkhuni ordination but, according to the ancient texts, she must first be trained as a sikkhamana.