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anchoress

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noun an·cho·ress \ˈaŋ-k(ə-)rəs\

Definition of anchoress

  1. :  a woman who is an anchorite



Variants of anchoress

or ancress play \-krəs\

Origin of anchoress

Middle English ankeresse, from anker hermit, from Old English ancor, from Old Irish anchara, from Late Latin anachoreta


First Known Use: 14th century


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