canoness

noun
can·​on·​ess | \ ˈka-nə-nəs How to pronounce canoness (audio) \

Definition of canoness

1 : a woman living in community under a religious rule but not under a perpetual vow
2 : a member of a Roman Catholic congregation of women corresponding to canons regular

First Known Use of canoness

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Canoness.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canoness. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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