Origin of prioress
Examples from the Web for prioress
Historical Examples of prioress
It seems to represent a bishop, since there are traces of a crosier, though some have taken it for a prioress.Somerset
G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
First came two monks, then six armed men of the Abbot's guard, then the Prioress and three of her nuns.The Lady Of Blossholme
H. Rider Haggard
At Sopwell the nuns more than once tried to elect their own prioress and seem to have found the Abbot somewhat high-handed.
Some of them stayed away unduly long when they happened to go out with the licence of the Prioress.
A nun, who had been Agnes's friend, hinted at atrocious vengeance taken by the prioress for Agnes's attempt to escape.
c.1300, from Medieval Latin priorissa, from prior "head of a priory of men" (see prior (n.)).