What does the word abbess mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  2. " A fresh instance, perhaps, of his wise speed," observed the abbess. – The Hour and the Man An Historical Romance by 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 by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy