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Meaning of ABBESS

Pronunciation:  'abis

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the superior of a group of nuns

ABBESS is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: mother superior, prioress
 See Also: Bride, Bridget, Brigid, Heloise, Saint Bride, Saint Bridget, Saint Brigid, St Bride, St Bridget, St Brigid, superior



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ab"bess\ ([a^]b"b[e^]s), n. [OF. abaesse, abeesse, F.
abbesse, L. abbatissa, fem. of abbas, abbatis, abbot. See
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}.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: canoness, chatelaine, clergywoman, conventual, dame, dowager, first lady, goodwife, governess, great lady, homemaker, housewife, lady superior, madam, matriarch, matron, mistress, mother superior, novice, nun, postulant, prioress, religieuse, secular canoness, sister, superioress, the reverend mother