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Origin of canoness

First recorded in 1675–85; canon2 + -ess

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for canoness

sister, vestal, anchorite, prioress, postulant, abbess, canoness

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British Dictionary definitions for canoness


  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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