Meaning of ABBESS in English


/ab"is/ , n.

a woman who is the superior of a convent of nuns.

[ 1275-1325; ME abbesse abbesse, abaesse abbatissa, fem. of abbas ABBOT; r. ME abbatisse abadisse, abbodesse (cf. OHG abbatissa ) ab ( b ) adissa for abbatissa ]

Usage . See -ess .

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