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Abbess meaning

abbess - 2 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. Female head of a convent of nuns.

abbess - examples of usage

  1. I quite forgot- I came to bring you a message from the Lady Abbess, to say that your father and a certain Padre Alfonzo are waiting to see you." - "The Prime Minister", W.H.G. Kingston.
  2. A faint smile crossed the features of the Abbess as she spoke. - "The Prime Minister", W.H.G. Kingston.
  3. So the royal lady went on to the Cistercians, who had no such scruples, and who made her Abbess of Maubuisson, near Pontoise, where she lived in much repute to a green old age, and famed perhaps as well as her younger sister Sophia, whose steadfast Protestantism was rewarded by the reversion of the crown of the Three Kingdoms, and whose descendants sit to this day upon the throne which she missed by a few weeks. - "Henrietta Maria", Henrietta Haynes.
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