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woman who is the superior of a convent, woman who is in charge of a convent
head of a monastery


abbess was 16th to 19th century slang for the mistress of a brothel


Superior of a monastery or nunnery

abbess
\ab"bess\ (ăb"b&ebreve;s), n. [of. abaesse, abeesse, f. abbesse, l. abbatissa, fem. of abbas, abbatis, abbot. see abbot.] a female superior or governess of a nunnery, or convent of nuns, having the same authority over the nuns which the abbots have over the monks. see abbey.


In Christianity, an abbess (Latin abbatissa, feminine form of abbas, abbot) is the female superior of a community of nuns, which is often an abbey.

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Noun
1. the superior of a group of nuns
(synonym) mother superior, prioress
(hypernym) superior
(hyponym) Bridget, Saint Bridget, St. Bridget, Brigid, Saint Brigid, St. Brigid, Bride, Saint Bride, St. Bride


For a young woman to dream that she sees an abbess, denotes that she will be compelled to perform distasteful tasks, and will submit to authority only after unsuccessful rebellion.

To dream of an abbess smiling and benignant, denotes you will be surrounded by true friends and pleasing prospects.
  

ban-ab, máthairab

The superior of a group of nuns eg. she is now an abbess in an English Orthodox Monastery

the mistress of a brothel

(n.)
A female superior or governess of a nunnery, or convent of nuns, having the same authority over the nuns which the abbots have over the monks. See Abbey.
  

The lady superior of a nunnery.


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