Definition of prioress in English:


Line breaks: pri¦or|ess
Pronunciation: /prʌɪəˈrɛs


  • 1A woman who is head of a house of certain orders of nuns.
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    • Benedictine authority and obedience are achieved through dialogue between a community member and her prioress in a spirit of co-responsibility.
    • She's the prioress of the community now, so such matters are her responsibility.
    • 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.
  • 1.1The woman who is next in rank below an abbess.
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    • For example, at Loudon, France, a prioress, Sister Jeanne des Anges, was part of a contagious outbreak of writhing, convulsing nuns.

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