prioress

[ prahy-er-is ]
/ ˈpraɪ ər ɪs /

noun

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

Origin of prioress

1250–1300; Middle English prioresse < Old French. See prior2, -ess

Related forms

sub·pri·or·ess, noun

Usage note

See -ess.
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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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