pri·​or·​ess | \ ˈprī-ə-rəs How to pronounce prioress (audio) \

Definition of prioress

: a nun corresponding in rank to a prior

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Recent Examples on the Web Dozens of burly volunteers, including veterans of the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, helped enforce his rules, while the prioress and several nuns have left. Washington Post, "Russian court fines coronavirus-denying rebel monk," 7 July 2020 Sister Clarissa Goeckner, a lifelong friend of Uhlorn’s and former prioress of the monastery, said Uhlorn grew up in a musical family of 10 children near Ferdinand, a few miles north of Cottonwood. Kathy Hedberg, idahostatesman, "Once a masterly musician, Idaho nun struggles with dementia," 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of prioress

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Prioress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prioress

: a nun who is head of a religious house or order


pri·​or·​ess | \ ˈprī-ə-rəs How to pronounce prioress (audio) \
plural prioresses

Kids Definition of prioress

: a nun who is head of a religious house

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