noun ab·bess \ˈa-bəs\

: a woman who is the head of a convent

Full Definition of ABBESS

:  a woman who is the superior of a convent of nuns

Origin of ABBESS

Middle English abbesse, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin abbatissa, feminine of abbat-, abbas
First Known Use: 13th century
ABBESS Defined for Kids


noun ab·bess \ˈa-bəs\

Definition of ABBESS for Kids

:  the head of an abbey for women


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