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mother superior

noun, plural mother superiors, mothers superior.
the head of a Christian religious community for women.
Origin of mother superior
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I was about to ring the bell, when from the gate of the burial-ground the mother superior came at a slow pace.

  • He was very pale, and I turned instinctively to look at the mother superior.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • I will take you over and give you into the hands of our mother superior.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • The mother superior was standing with them before he was aware.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • He turned to the mother superior, but the terrible Abbe took him by the arm and stopped him.

  • Save those conducting her to the rooms of the mother superior, all were mute.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • The mother superior was deaf at first; at last she said, 'It is your life or his.

  • The mother superior of the Ursulines informed him of what had been done in the sacristy.

    Stradella F(rancis) Marion Crawford
  • The mother superior and the surgeon looked at each other rather blankly.

    The White Sister F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for mother superior

mother superior

noun (pl) mother superiors, mothers superior
the head of a community of nuns
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