Complete Definition of "abbess"

English
Wikisource1911Enc?|Abbess
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Etymology
From Old French abaesse, abeesse, French abbesse, Latin abbatissa, feminine of abbas, abbatis, abbot.

Pronunciation
(RP) IPA: /Ëæbes/
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Noun
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  1. A female superior or governess of a nunnery, or convent of nuns, having the same authority over the nuns which the abbots have over the monks.

#: The abbess was always after the nuns to keep the convent immaculately clean.

  1. 1811 A bawd, the mistress of a brothel (1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue).

Synonyms
(female superior of a nunnery): mother superior
(a bawd): lady abbess

Related terms
Abb.
abbey
abbot

Translations
trans-top|female superior of a nunnery
Breton: abadez f -ed p
Catalan: abadessa f
Czech: abatyše f
Dutch: abdis
Esperanto: abatino
Finnish: abbedissa
French: abbesse f
German: Ãbtissin f, Ãbtin f, Oberin f (=Reverend Mother)
Greek: ηγοÏμένη
Icelandic: abbadís f
Interlingua: Abbatessa
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Irish: ban-ab, banab f3
Latin: abbatissa
Norwegian: abbedisse
Novial: abata
Portuguese: abadessa
Russian: аббаÑиÑа f, наÑÑоÑÑелÑниÑа монаÑÑÑÑÑ f, игÑменÑÑ f
Slovene: opatinja f
Spanish: abadesa|Abadesa
Swedish: abedissa
Volapük: jilepädan
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ttbc|Vietnamese: bà trÆ°á»ng tu viá»n

Shorthand
Gregg (Version: Centennial,Series 90, DJS,Simplified,Anniversary,Pre-Anniversary): a - b - e - left s

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