[ kan-uh-nis ]
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  1. a member of a Christian community of women living under a rule but not under a vow.

Origin of canoness

First recorded in 1675–85; canon2 + -ess

usage note For canoness

What's the difference between canoness and canon? See -ess.

Words Nearby canoness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use canoness in a sentence

  • Very often was the canoness constrained to absorb herself in her little illuminated prayer-book.

    The False Chevalier | William Douw Lighthall
  • The canoness he descried escaping, unseen by them, with the aid of a gardener, across the pond into the park.

    The False Chevalier | William Douw Lighthall
  • She was made a canoness of the aristocratic order of St. Theresa, of which the Queen was the head.

    Lola Montez | Edmund B. d'Auvergne
  • All the voices, the voice of the merciful canoness excepted, demand with Countess Ursine, "Justice and vengeance!"

    The Iron Pincers | Eugne Sue
  • And a Parisian market-woman spoke better French than a German canoness with sixty-four ancestors.

British Dictionary definitions for canoness


/ (ˈkænənɪs) /

  1. RC Church a woman belonging to any one of several religious orders and living under a rule but not under a vow

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