can·​on·​ess ˈka-nə-nəs How to pronounce canoness (audio)
: a woman living in community under a religious rule but not under a perpetual vow
: a member of a Roman Catholic congregation of women corresponding to canons regular

Word History

First Known Use

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of canoness was in 1682

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Cite this Entry

“Canoness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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