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Meaning of CANONESS

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Can"on*ess\, n. [Cf. LL. canonissa.]
A woman who holds a canonry in a conventual chapter.

{Regular canoness}, one bound by the poverty, and observing a
   strict rule of life.

{Secular canoness}, one allowed to hold private property, and
   bound only by vows of chastity and obedience so long as
   she chose to remain in the chapter.

 

 

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