Definitions for abbessˈæb ɪs
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
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
abbess, mother superior, prioress(noun)
the superior of a group of nuns
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.
Origin: * First attested around 1300.
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
An abbess is the female superior, or mother superior, of a community of nuns, often an abbey.
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