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A member of a religious community of women living under a common rule and bound by vows of obedience, chastity, and in some cases poverty.
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(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a woman belonging to any one of several religious orders and living under a rule but not under a vow
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(ˈkæn ə nɪs)

a member of a Christian community of women living under a rule but not under a vow.
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He was becoming very sweet upon the Grafinn Fanny de Butterbrod, a very gentle tender-hearted and unassuming young creature, a Canoness and Countess in her own right, but with scarcely ten pounds per year to her fortune, and Fanny for her part declared that to be Amelia's sister was the greatest delight that Heaven could bestow on her, and Jos might have put a Countess's shield and coronet by the side of his own arms on his carriage and forks; when--when events occurred, and those grand fetes given upon the marriage of the Hereditary Prince of Pumpernickel with the lovely Princess Amelia of Humbourg- Schlippenschloppen took place.
Her last winning ride was on Canoness in 1993 and on that occasion she beat the famed Pat Eddery.
It was promoted by a Norbertine Canoness, Juliana of Liege, who had visions for 20 years of Christ asking for the institution of the said feast.
1002), was a 10th-century German secular canoness, as well as a dramatist and poet who lived and worked at Gandersheim Abbey in modern-day Bad Gandersheim, Lower Saxony, established by the Ottonian dynasty.
In the 1979 first edition, Bonfonte (emerita, classics, New York U.) translated six plays by Saxon canoness Hrotswitha (ca.
In a modest contest where the form figures of most of her rivals contain more letters than numbers, the battle for minor placings may chiefly concern Hooky's Quest and The Canoness.
In her introduction to American Women Playwrights, 1900-1950 (Peter Lang Publishing), Wendy worries that she will turn out like Hrosvitha of Gandersheim, a 10th-century canoness whose plays were never produced.
IN the latter half of the tenth century, the Catholic canoness Hrotsvit lived in the thriving abbey of Gandersheim in Saxony and wrote legends, plays and epics, many of which focus on God's empowerment of women.
The first recorded western European dramatist, also the first European woman dramatist, the canoness Hroswitha of Gandersheim, also appeared in the tenth century, and also within the Holy Roman Empire.
The earliest writer discussed is Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (ca.935-975), a Saxon canoness who wrote legends and dramas, often with virginity as a theme and the clash between good and evil as a plot element.
However, it is possible that the religious for whom the confession was written was not in fact an Augustinian canoness but belonged to some other order that followed the Augustinian Rule, in many ways the most flexible and adaptable of all monastic rules.