Part of speech: noun

The lady superior of a nunnery.

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Usage examples "abbess":

  1. Claudia told him she meant to go to a monastery of which an aunt of hers was abbess, where she intended to pass her life with a better and everlasting spouse. - "The History of Don Quixote, Volume II., Complete", Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
  2. " A fresh instance, perhaps, of his wise speed," observed the abbess. - "The Hour and the Man An Historical Romance", Harriet Martineau.
  3. Is it not natural that I should wish to know whether I am to be Duchess of Wessex or abbess in a holy but uncomfortable convent? - "The Tangled Skein", Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy.