Prioress Pri"or*ess, n. [OF. prioresse.] A lady superior of a priory of nuns, and next in dignity to an abbess. [1913 Webster]

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  • Prioress — • A superioress in a monastic community for women Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Prioress     Prioress     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • prioress — c.1300, from M.L. priorissa (mid 12c.), from prior head of a priory of men (see PRIOR (Cf. prior) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • prioress — [prī′ər is] n. [ME prioresse < MFr < ML(Ec) priorissa: see PRIOR & ESS] 1. the woman head of a priory of nuns, etc. 2. in an abbey of nuns, the woman in charge next below the abbess …   English World dictionary

  • prioress — UK [ˌpraɪəˈres] / US [ˈpraɪəˌrəs] noun [countable] Word forms prioress : singular prioress plural prioresses a woman who is in charge of a priory …   English dictionary

  • prioress — [[t]pra͟ɪ͟əres[/t]] prioresses N COUNT; N TITLE A prioress is a nun who is in charge of a convent …   English dictionary

  • prioress — noun Date: 14th century a nun corresponding in rank to a prior …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prioress — /pruy euhr is/, n. a woman holding a position corresponding to that of a prior, sometimes ranking next below an abbess. [1250 1300; ME prioresse < OF. See PRIOR2, ESS] Usage. See ess. * * * …   Universalium

  • prioress — noun a nun in charge of a priory; an abbess or mother superior …   Wiktionary

  • prioress — pri|or|ess [ˈpraıərıs] n the woman in charge of a ↑priory …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prioress — pri|or|ess [ praıə,rəs ] noun count a woman who is in charge of a PRIORY …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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