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canoness

[kan-uh-nis] /ˈkæn ə nɪs/
noun
1.
a member of a Christian community of women living under a rule but not under a vow.
Origin of canoness
1675-1685
1675-85; canon2 + -ess
Usage note
See -ess.
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  • And a Parisian market-woman spoke better French than a German canoness with sixty-four ancestors.

  • The canoness and the Bernardine nun step into the enclosure reserved for the litigants.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • I went up to a canoness who was very fond of Italian poetry, and had no trouble in engaging her in an interesting discussion.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • With another sign, he made the canoness understand that she and his father were to kiss his betrothed.

  • After dinner the count gave me a letter of introduction to a canoness at Coblentz, of whom he spoke in very high terms.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The canoness rose, took my arm, and we seated ourselves at table together, still talking about Italian literature.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • She and the canoness, Mariana, would rather see a few young ensigns than all the staffs of the oldest Field-marshals!'

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
  • Dancing went on all night, and I did not leave my canoness, who was a delightful woman and danced admirably.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Grancey whispered to the canoness, and struck up a pæan of praise on the lean hound Aréthuse who led the hunt the previous day.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • She was made a canoness of the aristocratic order of St. Theresa, of which the Queen was the head.

    Lola Montez Edmund B. d'Auvergne
British Dictionary definitions for canoness

canoness

/ˈkænənɪs/
noun
1.
(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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