- a woman who is an anchorite.
Origin of anchoress
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She may be a nun; but if ever she prove an anchoress, I'll dig her grave with my nails.
Her purity led her own mother to speak other as an "anchoress."The Loves of Great Composers
An anchoress must not become a schoolmistress, nor turn her anchoress-house into a school for children.
One plea to lead a stricter life was, however, less open to suspicion; that was the request to be enclosed as an anchoress.
For a case of doubt in an anchoress, which, however ended well, see ib.
Word Origin and History for anchoress
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