presbyteress

noun pres·by·ter·ess \ˈprezbətərə̇s\

Definition of presbyteress

plural

-es

  1. 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. 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. 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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