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abbess

[ ab-is ]
/ ˈæb ɪs /
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noun

a woman who is the superior of a convent of nuns.

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Origin of abbess

1275–1325; Middle English abbesse<Old French abbesse, abaesse<Late Latin abbātissa, feminine of abbāsabbot; replacing Middle English abbatisse<Late Latin; in turn replacing Old English abadisse,abbodesse (compare Old High German abbatissa) <Late Latin *ab(b)adissa for abbātissa

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See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for abbess

abbess
/ (ˈæbɪs) /

noun

the female superior of a convent

Word Origin for abbess

C13: from Old French, from Church Latin abbātissa
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