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pri·or·ess

 (prī′ər-ĭs)
n.
A nun in charge of a priory or ranking next below the abbess of an abbey.

[Middle English prioresse, from Old French, feminine of prior, a prior; see prior2.]

prioress

(ˈpraɪərɪs)
n
(Roman Catholic Church) a nun holding an office in her convent corresponding to that of a prior in a male religious order

pri•or•ess

(ˈpraɪ ər ɪs)

n.
a woman holding a position corresponding to that of a prior.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French]
usage: See -ess.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prioress - the superior of a group of nunsprioress - the superior of a group of nuns  
mother - a term of address for a mother superior
superior - the head of a religious community
Translations

prioress

[ˈpraɪərɪs] Npriora f

prioress

[ˈpraɪərɛs] nprieure f

prioress

nPriorin f

prioress

[ˈpraɪərɪs] npriora
References in classic literature ?
prioresses, suffragans, acolytes, rectors, cures, sophis, mutifs and
They are organized into six topics, beginning with the "Meeting of the Worlds" and continuing with "Religious Houses and their Patrons and Benefactors," "Female Communities: Nuns, Abbesses and Prioresses," "Monasteries and Education," "Monasteries and Urban Space," and "Religious Houses in the Regions.
This book puts the abbesses and prioresses of medieval English nunneries at the centre of investigation.
Teresa's letters to her prioresses and Schurman's letters on women's education.
From that point on with quality instruction, the pupil should be able to make optimal prioresses with good teaching.