Definition of prioress in English:



  • 1A woman who is head of a house of certain orders of nuns.

    • ‘She was prioress of the first reformed Carmelite convent in France, and spread the teachings of the founder of the French School, Pierre de Berulle, through the movement.’
    • ‘Of noble birth, she entered religious life at the age of 14 and rose to become prioress of her convent at Disibodenberg.’
    • ‘She's the prioress of the community now, so such matters are her responsibility.’
    • ‘Benedictine authority and obedience are achieved through dialogue between a community member and her prioress in a spirit of co-responsibility.’
    • ‘For Sister Mary Gabriel, who used to teach but is now the prioress, she hopes things will be get a little busier once the CD is on the shelves.’
    1. 1.1 The woman who is next in rank below an abbess.
      • ‘For example, at Loudon, France, a prioress, Sister Jeanne des Anges, was part of a contagious outbreak of writhing, convulsing nuns.’
      nun, novice, abbess, mother superior, reverend mother
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