abbess

noun ab·bess \ ˈa-bəs \

Definition of abbess

: 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


ABBESS Defined for English Language Learners

abbess

noun

Definition of abbess for English Language Learners

  • : a woman who is the head of a convent


ABBESS Defined for Kids

abbess

noun ab·bess \ ˈa-bəs \

Definition of abbess for Students

: the head of an abbey for women


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