A female member of the Anglican communion who gives high importance to ritual, priestly authority, the Sacraments, and historical continuity with Catholicism. Also: a female member of the Church of Scotland holding views analogous to those of the Anglican High Church.
For further historical information, see note at "High Churchman".
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in The Connoisseur. From high + churchwoman, after High Churchman.