canoness

canoness

[kan-uh-nis]
noun
a member of a Christian community of women living under a rule but not under a vow.

Origin:
1675–85; canon2 + -ess


See -ess.
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canoness (ˈkænənɪs)
 
n
RC Church a woman belonging to any one of several religious orders and living under a rule but not under a vow

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