mother superior


noun, plural mother superiors, mothers superior.

the head of a Christian religious community for women.

Origin of mother superior

First recorded in 1905–10
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Examples from the Web for mother superior

Historical Examples of mother superior

  • I have spoken to my kinswoman, the mother-superior of convent.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • The Mother-Superior started, for she also had had a strange dream.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • The words were few; the Mother-Superior's manner a little curt in speaking them.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • The Mother-Superior glanced at the nun who was ironing, and then at the figure on the stool.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • The Mother-Superior shook her head, and the rosy Sister was silent.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves



British Dictionary definitions for mother superior

mother superior

noun plural mother superiors or mothers superior

the head of a community of nuns
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