Definition of rectress in English:

rectress

noun

(also rectoress)
  • 1A female ruler, governor, or head of an institution (especially a convent or school).

  • 2The wife of the rector of a parish. Now also: a female rector.

Pronunciation

rectress

/ˈrɛktrɪs/ /rɛkˈtrɛs/

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nashe (d. c1601), writer. From rector + -ess see -tress.