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prioress

[prahy-er-is] /ˈpraɪ ər ɪs/
noun
1.
a woman holding a position corresponding to that of a prior, sometimes ranking next below an abbess.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English prioresse < Old French. See prior2, -ess
Related forms
subprioress, noun
Usage note
See -ess.
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  • The hermitages in the orchard tumbled down, and the would-be prioress began to turn her attention elsewhere.
British Dictionary definitions for prioress

prioress

/ˈpraɪərɪs/
noun
1.
a nun holding an office in her convent corresponding to that of a prior in a male religious order
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Word Origin and History for prioress
n.

c.1300, from Medieval Latin priorissa, from prior "head of a priory of men" (see prior (n.)).

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