prioress

[prahy-er-is]
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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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prioress

noun
  1. 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
n.

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

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