- a member of a Christian community of women living under a rule but not under a vow.
Origin of canoness
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Examples from the Web for canoness
The canoness and the Bernardine nun step into the enclosure reserved for the litigants.
Canoness Aigline is handsome and tall, her mien is imperious.
With another sign, he made the canoness understand that she and his father were to kiss his betrothed.
Dancing went on all night, and I did not leave my canoness, who was a delightful woman and danced admirably.
Without a pause I renewed my conversation with the canoness, not so much as looking around.
- 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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