Etymology
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prioress (n.)

"woman having charge of a religious house" (next in rank to an abbess), c. 1300, from Old French prioresse and directly from Medieval Latin priorissa, from prior "head of a priory of men" (see prior (n.)).

updated on November 17, 2020

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Definitions of prioress from WordNet

prioress (n.)
the superior of a group of nuns;
Synonyms: abbess / mother superior
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.