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mother superior

noun, plural mother superiors, mothers superior.
1.
the head of a Christian religious community for women.
Origin of mother superior
1905-1910
1905-10
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  • Once in after years I saw her again when she expected before long to become the mother-superior of her convent.

    She and Allan H. Rider Haggard
  • The words were few; the mother-superior's manner a little curt in speaking them.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • The mother-superior shook her head, and the rosy Sister was silent.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • The mother-superior started, for she also had had a strange dream.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Upon the great brows of the mother-superior sat the majesty of coming tempest.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • He reined up now, saluting the mother-superior with marked respect.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • The honorary secretary of Germany entered, preceded by three cripples and a mother-superior.

  • It had seemed to him that the mother-superior hesitated to broach the subject.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • That point is where the convent purse rattles thinly and the mother-superior must face hunger.

    The Isle of Unrest Henry Seton Merriman
  • The mother-superior glanced at the nun who was ironing, and then at the figure on the stool.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
British Dictionary definitions for mother-superior

mother superior

noun (pl) mother superiors, mothers superior
1.
the head of a community of nuns
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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