a woman who is an anchorite.

Origin of anchoress

1350–1400; late Middle English anchoryse, Middle English ankres, equivalent to ancre anchorite + -es -ess

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for anchoress

"female recluse, nun," late 14c.; see anchorite + -ess.

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