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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: abbesse, from Late Latin abbatissa, from abbas; ABBOT

abbess

noun
     
Related topics: Christianity
ab‧bess [countable]
RRC a woman who is in charge of a convent (=place where a group of nuns live)

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