noun an·cho·ress \ˈaŋ-k(ə-)rəs\
variants: or


play \-krəs\

Definition of anchoress

  1. :  a woman who is an anchorite

Origin and Etymology 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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