anchoress

[ ang-ker-is ]
/ ˈæŋ kər ɪs /
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noun

a woman who is an anchorite.

Nearby words

  1. anchor shot,
  2. anchor span,
  3. anchor splint,
  4. anchor watch,
  5. anchorage,
  6. anchoret,
  7. anchoretic,
  8. anchorette,
  9. anchorite,
  10. anchoritic

Origin of anchoress

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

Usage note

See -ess.

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Word Origin and History for anchoress

anchoress

n.

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

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