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eldress

[el-dris]
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noun
  1. a laywoman who is a governing officer in certain Protestant churches.
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Origin of eldress

First recorded in 1630–40; elder1 + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for eldress

Historical Examples

  • "It's getting late, Eldress," one of them said, and glanced at the clock.

    The Way to Peace

    Margaret Deland

  • In January, when the Eldress fell ill, Athalia was especially useful.

    The Way to Peace

    Margaret Deland

  • "Eldress asked me to bring your mail down to you, Brother Lewis," she said.

    The Way to Peace

    Margaret Deland

  • Oh, Eldress Abby, they've come back to me all day, those words.

    Susanna and Sue

    Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • The voice of Eldress Abby pursued Hetty in her flight like the voice in a dream.

    Susanna and Sue

    Kate Douglas Wiggin