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anchoress

Line breaks: an¦chor|ess
Pronunciation: /ˈaŋkərɪs
 
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Definition of anchoress in English:

noun

historical
A female anchorite.
Example sentences
  • As a priest performed the ceremonies of the burial office, Julian took up residence as an anchoress in a small apartment attached to the church.
  • The author opens her new introduction to this edition with an intriguing question: ‘What does it mean to be an anchoress in postmodernity?’
  • Two children dealing with their mother's disappearance (and father's attempts to remarry) encounter an anchoress who reveals the truth of their family's past.

Words that rhyme with anchoress

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