Prioress meaning

prīər-ĭs
A nun in charge of a priory or ranking next below the abbess of an abbey.
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A woman who heads a priory of nuns.
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In an abbey of nuns, the woman in charge next below the abbess.
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A nun in charge of a priory; an abbess or mother superior.
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Origin of prioress

  • Middle English prioresse from Old French feminine of prior a prior prior2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • prior +"Ž -ess

    From Wiktionary