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mother superior

noun, plural mother superiors, mothers superior.
the head of a Christian religious community for women.
Origin of mother superior
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The mother superior passed by, and as we all curtseyed to her she patted my cheek.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • "She is to be baptized this spring," said the mother superior.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • He was very pale, and I turned instinctively to look at the mother superior.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The mother superior was standing with them before he was aware.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Save those conducting her to the rooms of the mother superior, all were mute.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • But upon the stately person of the mother superior the garb was regal.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • The mother superior was deaf at first; at last she said, 'It is your life or his.

  • The mother superior sighed, and looked down at her folded hands.

    Stradella F(rancis) Marion Crawford
  • The mother superior of the Ursulines informed him of what had been done in the sacristy.

    Stradella F(rancis) Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for mother superior

mother superior

noun (pl) mother superiors, mothers superior
the head of a community of nuns
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