Definitions for abbessˈæb ɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•bess*ˈæb ɪs(n.)

  1. a woman who is the superior of a convent of nuns.

    Category: Usage Note, Religion

* Usage: See -ess.

Origin of abbess:

1275–1325; ME < OF abbesse, abaesse < LL abbātissa, fem. of abbāsabbot

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abbess, mother superior, prioress(noun)

    the superior of a group of nuns

Wiktionary

  1. abbess(Noun)

    A female superior or governess of a nunnery, or convent of nuns, having the same authority over the nuns which the abbots have over the monks.

    The abbess was always after the nuns to keep the convent immaculately clean.

  2. Origin: * First attested around 1300.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abbess(noun)

    a female superior or governess of a nunnery, or convent of nuns, having the same authority over the nuns which the abbots have over the monks. See Abbey

Freebase

  1. Abbess

    An abbess is the female superior, or mother superior, of a community of nuns, often an abbey.

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