Definition of abbess
: a woman who is the superior of a convent of nuns
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Beginning with Lingua Ignota, concocted by the abbess Hildegard in the 12th century, people have created more than 700 artificial, or planned, languages.
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ABBESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of abbess for English Language Learners
: a woman who is the head of a convent
ABBESS Defined for Kids
Definition of abbess for Students
: the head of an abbey for women
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