prioress(redirected from prioresses)
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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.]
(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)
a woman holding a position corresponding to that of a prior.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French]
usage: See -ess.