abbess

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noun ab·bess \ˈa-bəs\

Definition of abbess

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

Origin and Etymology of abbess

Middle English abbesse, borrowed from Anglo-French abbesse, abeiesse, borrowed from Late Latin abbātissa, feminine derivative of abbāt-, abbās abbot


First Known Use: 14th century


ABBESS Defined for English Language Learners

abbess

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noun ab·bess \ˈa-bəs\

Definition of abbess for English Language Learners

  • : a woman who is the head of a convent


ABBESS Defined for Kids

abbess

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noun ab·bess \ˈa-bəs\

Definition of abbess for Students

  1. :  the head of an abbey for women



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