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anchoress

[ ang-ker-is ]
/ ˈæŋ kər ɪs /
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noun

a woman who is an anchorite.

Nearby words

anchor shot, anchor span, anchor splint, anchor watch, anchorage, anchoress, anchoret, anchoretic, anchorette, anchorite, 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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anchoress


n.

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

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