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lay sister

noun
1.
a woman who has taken religious vows and habit but is employed in her order chiefly in manual labor.
Origin of lay sister
1700-1710
1700-10
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  • It was a large, bleak room divided midway by a grille, on the inner side of which sat a lay-sister, knitting.

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • He paid a dowry for her, and made a nun of her who was already a lay-sister.

  • He said the lay-sister died of a cerebral lethargy, which super-induced an attack of apoplexy.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The lay-sister feared that he could not see Juanita de Mogente.

    The Velvet Glove Henry Seton Merriman
  • Do not weep so, dear sister, and tell me how you expect to be delivered here without the lay-sister being aware of it?

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • In an hour, a lay-sister will come here, I will speak a few words apart to her, and she will tell you to follow her.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Presently a lay-sister brought refreshments and set the tray on the table without speaking.

    The Velvet Glove Henry Seton Merriman
  • I laughed, and not expecting anything else but an agreeable adventure, I followed the lay-sister and soon found myself here.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Only the lay-sister who saw Molly go out with the little black bag in her hand said afterwards that the lady had seemed happy.

    Great Possessions Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
  • Full of grace and beauty, M—— M—— came into the room with a lay-sister, each of them holding a candlestick.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for lay-sister

lay sister

noun
1.
a woman who has taken the vows of a religious order but is not ordained and not bound to divine office
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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