The female superior of a convent of nuns.
Derived from the latin abbatissa, feminine form of abbas ("abbot").
- The abbess was responsible for the spiritual well-being of the nuns in the convent.
- The abbess was a respected leader in the local community.
- The abbess was known for her kindness and wisdom.
- The abbess had the authority to admit new members to the convent.
- The abbess was the head of the convent school, where young girls received an education.