Definition of abbess noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈæbes//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbes//
Religious people
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a woman who is the head of a convent See related entries: Religious people Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French abbesse ‘female abbot’, from ecclesiastical Latin abbatissa, from abbas, abbat-, from Greek abbas ‘father’, from Aramaic 'abbā.
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