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Definitions of abbess
the superior of a group of nuns Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
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. Webster Dictionary DB
The superior of a religious community of women. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
Female head of a convent of nuns. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
The lady superior of a nunnery. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
A lady placed over a nunnery. Among persons living secluded from the world in religious houses, the males are called monks, and the females nuns. The residence of a monk is called a monastery, and that of a man a nunnery. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
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