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prioress

[ prahy-er-is ]
/ ˈpraɪ ər ɪs /
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noun

a woman holding a position corresponding to that of a prior, sometimes ranking next below an abbess.

RELATED WORDS

sister, vestal, anchorite, postulant, abbess, canoness, superior, ecclesiarch

Nearby words

prior lien, prior probability, prior restraint, prior, matthew, priorate, prioress, prioritise, prioritization, prioritize, priority, priority mail

Origin of prioress

1250–1300; Middle English prioresse < Old French. See prior2, -ess
Related formssub·pri·or·ess, noun

Usage note

See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for prioress

prioress

/ (ˈpraɪərɪs) /

noun

a nun holding an office in her convent corresponding to that of a prior in a male religious order
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Word Origin and History for prioress

prioress


n.

c.1300, from Medieval Latin priorissa, from prior "head of a priory of men" (see prior (n.)).

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