- a woman who heads a priory of nuns
- in an abbey of nuns, the woman in charge next below the abbess
Origin of prioressMiddle English prioresse from Middle French from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin priorissa: see prior and -ess
A nun in charge of a priory or ranking next below the abbess of an abbey.
Origin of prioressMiddle English prioresse from Old French feminine of prior a prior ; see prior 2.
prior +"Ž -ess