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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.]
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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
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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.
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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
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Translations

prioress

[ˈpraɪərɪs] Npriora f
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prioress

[ˈpraɪərɛs] nprieure f
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prioress

nPriorin f
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prioress

[ˈpraɪərɪs] npriora
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References in periodicals archive ?
In addition to serving as prioress, Vladimiroff served as president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses; president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (2004-2005); and as delegate to the International Organization of Benedictine Women, Communio Internationals Benedictinarum.
As for her own Dominicans (17 Prioresses), they decided to cooperate somewhat in answering the questionnaire, out of a spirit of trying to build bridges and keep dialogue open.
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." Of these, the first and last contain papers that differ from one another, but that is not to say that they do not make interesting contributions to the collection.
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.