Definition of presbyteress
1a : the wife of a presbyter or priest in one of the early medieval churches; especially : one coming under the operation of the rule requiring the continence of clergymen b obsolete : a priest's concubine
2 : a woman serving as a presbyter or elder in one of the early medieval churches : one of a body of aged widows dedicated to the service of the church and constituting an ecclesiastical order
3 : the wife of a priest of the Eastern Orthodox Church
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Origin and Etymology of presbyteress
partial translation of Medieval Latin presbyterissa, from presbyter priest (from Late Latin, presbyter, elder) + Late Latin -issa -ess
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