Definition of prioress in English:



  • 1A woman who is head of a house of certain orders of nuns.

    • ‘Benedictine authority and obedience are achieved through dialogue between a community member and her prioress in a spirit of co-responsibility.’
    • ‘She's the prioress of the community now, so such matters are her responsibility.’
    • ‘She was prioress of the first reformed Carmelite convent in France, and spread the teachings of the founder of the French School, Pierre de Berulle, through the movement.’
    • ‘For Sister Mary Gabriel, who used to teach but is now the prioress, she hopes things will be get a little busier once the CD is on the shelves.’
    • ‘Of noble birth, she entered religious life at the age of 14 and rose to become prioress of her convent at Disibodenberg.’
    1. 1.1The woman who is next in rank below an abbess.
      ‘For example, at Loudon, France, a prioress, Sister Jeanne des Anges, was part of a contagious outbreak of writhing, convulsing nuns.’
      nun, novice, abbess, prioress, Mother Superior, Reverend Mother