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abbess


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abbess  \Ab"bess\  ([a^]b"b[e^]s),  n.  [OF.  abaesse  abeesse  F. 
  abbesse  L.  abbatissa  fem.  of  abbas,  abbatis,  abbot.  See 
  {Abbot}.] 
  A  female  superior  or  governess  of  a  nunnery,  or  convent  of 
  nuns,  having  the  same  authority  over  the  nuns  which  the 
  abbots  have  over  the  monks.  See  {Abbey}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abbess 
  n  :  the  superior  of  a  group  of  nuns  [syn:  {mother  superior},  {prioress}] 




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