- the head of a Christian religious community for women.
Origin of mother superior
First recorded in 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for mother superior
I have spoken to my kinswoman, the mother-superior of convent.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The Mother-Superior started, for she also had had a strange dream.
The words were few; the Mother-Superior's manner a little curt in speaking them.
The Mother-Superior shook her head, and the rosy Sister was silent.
The Mother-Superior glanced at the nun who was ironing, and then at the figure on the stool.
- the head of a community of nuns
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