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mother superior

n. pl. mothers superior or mother superiors
A woman in charge of a religious community of women.

mother superior

n, pl mother superiors or mothers superior
(Roman Catholic Church) the head of a community of nuns

moth′er supe′rior


n., pl. mother superiors, mothers superior.
the head of a Christian religious community for women.
[1905–10]
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Noun1.mother superior - the superior of a group of nunsmother superior - the superior of a group of nuns  
mother - a term of address for a mother superior
superior - the head of a religious community
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Much of the rest is built on the hypothesis that each of the Mothers Superior with whom Suzanne comes into contact stands for a particular philosophical method.