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canoness

[ kan-uh-nis ]
/ ˈkæn ə nɪs /
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noun

a member of a Christian community of women living under a rule but not under a vow.

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Origin of canoness

First recorded in 1675–85; canon2 + -ess

usage note for canoness

See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for canoness

canoness
/ (ˈkænənɪs) /

noun

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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