anchoress

noun
an·​cho·​ress | \ ˈaŋ-k(ə-)rəs How to pronounce anchoress (audio) \
variants: or ancress \ ˈaŋ-​krəs How to pronounce ancress (audio) \

Definition of anchoress

: a woman who is an anchorite

First Known Use of anchoress

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anchoress

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

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27 Apr 2020

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“Anchoress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anchoress. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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