Definition of vowess in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvaʊɛs/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


A woman who took religious vows or a vow of chastity.
Example sentences
  • Her chapter concerning the library of the London vowess Margery de Nerford also discusses the events surrounding de Nerford's wardship, forced marriage, ensuing divorce, and legal battles.
  • The Vowess in a blue dress with white hood is kneeling before the Bishop.
  • Vowesses were often widows but not always.


Early 16th century: from vow + -ess1.

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