prioress

[prahy-er-is]
noun
a woman holding a position corresponding to that of a prior, sometimes ranking next below an abbess.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English prioresse < Old French. See prior2, -ess

subprioress, noun


See -ess.
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prioress (ˈpraɪərɪs)
 
n
a nun holding an office in her convent corresponding to that of a prior in a male religious order

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prioress
c.1300, from M.L. priorissa (c.1135), from prior "head of a priory of men" (see prior (n.)).
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The hermitages in the orchard tumbled down, and the would-be prioress began to turn her attention elsewhere.
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