Definition Of abbess

noun

a woman who is the head of an abbey of nuns.

Abbots, abbesses and bishops were buried with their croziers, the pastoral staffs symbolic of their office.

Example Of abbess

  • A comparison of the rites for the consecration of an abbot or abbess reveals the emphasis in the former on leadership and strength; in the latter on the need of the abbess for divine support.

  • Abbots, abbesses and bishops were buried with their croziers, the pastoral staffs symbolic of their office.

  • And when it came to details, he was known to be worse than a fussy abbess running a nunnery.

  • He maintained a correspondence with Marie's youngest daughter, an orthodox abbess named Mother Alexandra.

  • How she longed to be in the warm company of the abbess and the sisters again.


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