Abbess (noun)

The female superior of a convent of nuns.


Derived from the latin abbatissa, feminine form of abbas ("abbot").


  1. The abbess was responsible for the spiritual well-being of the nuns in the convent.
  2. The abbess was a respected leader in the local community.
  3. The abbess was known for her kindness and wisdom.
  4. The abbess had the authority to admit new members to the convent.
  5. The abbess was the head of the convent school, where young girls received an education.
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