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eldress

[el-dris] /ˈɛl drɪs/
noun
1.
a laywoman who is a governing officer in certain Protestant churches.
Origin of eldress
1630-1640
First recorded in 1630-40; elder1 + -ess
Usage note
See -ess.
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  • "It's getting late, eldress," one of them said, and glanced at the clock.

    The Way to Peace Margaret Deland
  • "eldress asked me to bring your mail down to you, Brother Lewis," she said.

    The Way to Peace Margaret Deland
  • In January, when the eldress fell ill, Athalia was especially useful.

    The Way to Peace Margaret Deland
  • Oh, eldress Abby, they've come back to me all day, those words.

    Susanna and Sue Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • The voice of eldress Abby pursued Hetty in her flight like the voice in a dream.

    Susanna and Sue Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • eldress Abby bowed, but she looked weak and stricken and old.

    Susanna and Sue Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • "Athalia's capable," eldress Hannah said, and the other sisters said "Yee," and smiled at one another.

    The Way to Peace Margaret Deland
  • Athalia listened breathlessly, her rapt, unhumorous eyes fixed on eldress Hannah's still face.

    The Way to Peace Margaret Deland
  • It took Athalia a perceptible minute to get herself in hand sufficiently to say, meekly, "Yee, eldress."

    The Way to Peace Margaret Deland
  • "She's done better than I expected to stay till now," Jane said; and the eldress nodded.

    The Way to Peace Margaret Deland

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