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Definition of the noun abbess

What does abbess mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: abbesses

  1. the superior of a group of nuns

Alternative definition of the noun abbess


  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.


  1. Abbess is a fictional character from the 2012 film Cloud Atlas.
  2. Abbess is a fictional character from the 2009 film Black Field.
  3. Abbess is a fictional character from the 1993 film Magnificat.

There are other characters with in their name, like Mother Abbess.


Abbess: An abbess is the female superior of a community of nuns, often an abbey.

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Google previewIris Murdoch, Philosopher Meets Novelist (2011)

by Sofia de Melo Araújo, Fátima Vieira

The Abbess is a character that rarely appears in the scenes but, even...

Google previewThe Town and Country Magazine, Or Universal Repository of Knowledge, Instruction, and Entertainment (1769)

Herforden, an illustrious nunnery of the confession of Augsbourg, in the ciicle of Westphalia, whole abbess is a princess of the empire, and has a voice and feat in the diet. Hedwige Sophia- Augusta, princess of Holstein-Gottorp, is the present ...

Google previewThe Grand Tour; Or, A Journey Through the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and France (1756)

by Thomas Nugent

At present it is remarkable only for 'a nunnery, whose abbess is a Luther-an, and sovereign of the place, 'though under the pratection of the house of-Brandmburg, who purchased 'the ...

Google previewVeiled Desires (2013)

Intimate Portrayals of Nuns in Postwar Anglo-American Film by Maureen Sabine

Maria's second, reluctant interview with the Mother Abbess is the most revealing scene in The Sound of Music, even though it is filmed in semidarkness with the two principals often looking away from ...

Google previewStatistical Tables, Exhibiting a View of All the States of Europe (1800)

by Jakob G. Boetticher, William Playfair

The abbess is the first in rank of the nobility of Holstein. A duty Jess L IN 227 is exaếted here from all ships coming from the Elbe, and from Willster up the Stör. In the year 1738 King Christian VI. established a college for trade here. It lies 8 ...

Google previewGod’s Plan of Creation (2014)

Written for All God’s Children Who Want to Know and Are Not Afraid to Think by Robert N. Smith

How accurate was the scripture when it says the one that ascended is the self-same one that descended into the abbess John: 6-62. The abbess is the darkness of the physical elemental universe.

Google previewNotes on Rio de Janeiro and the southern parts of Brazil (1820)

by John Luccock

The Lady Abbess is a fine portly woman, about ...

Google previewA Geographical, Historical and Political Description of the Empire of Germany, Holland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Prussia, Italy, Sicily, Corsica and Sardinia (1800)

With a Gazetteer of Reference to the Principal Places in Those Countries by Jac. Gottlieb Isaak Boetticher, William Playfair

The abbess is the first in rank of the nobility of Holstein. A ...

Google previewA New Gazetteer of the Eastern Continent (1808)

or, A Geographical Dictionary: Containing, in Alphabetical Order, a Description of All the Countries, Kingdoms, States, Cities, Towns, Principal Rivers, Lakes, Harbors, Mountains, &c., &c. in Europe, Asia, and Africa, with their Adjacent Islands by Jedidiah Morse, Elijah Parish

famous proiestant «»- bev, whose abbess is a princess of the env- pire. The inhabitants of the town subsist by brewing, husbandry, and scecaag cattle: 10 miles H E Halberstadt, loo. II 34 E, lat. 5U 1 N. QuKulermgi, a borough in Kent, in tie ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

It has a celebrated abbey of Canonesses, whose abbess is a princess of the empire, and a Roman catholic. st has also an ancient castle built by Tiberiu', and a wall erected by Constantius Chlorus. It was 4 ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Sexual Language and Imagery in Shakespearean and Stuart Literature (2001)

Three Volume Set Volume I A-F Volume II G-P Volume III Q-Z by Gordon Williams

abbess proprietress of a nunnery (brothel). F&H examine possible lines of degeneration of the standard meaning, including 'the alleged illicit amours of Abelard and Heloise' and such festive roles as Abbot of Misrule. But the analogy between ...

Google previewOur Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Catholic History (2004)

by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson

+ Also Bridget and Bride of Ireland, one of the foremost saints of Ireland, abbess of Kildare, and the "Mary of the Gael." While much revered among the Irish, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Catholicism (2006)

by Frank K. Flinn

An abbess (female) or abbot (male) is an experienced NUN or MONK who serves as a) the spiritual guide of beginners in the monastic life, whether eremitical or cenobitic; or b) who canonically serves as the religious superior of ...

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Small photo of Medieval Abbess old illustration. By unidentified author, published on Magasin Pittoresque, Paris, 1840Small photo of Statues of Saint Rupert - the founder of Nonnberg Abbey, and his niece Saint Erentrude - the first abbess of Nonnberg Abbey. Portal of the collegiate church of Nonnberg Abbey.Small photo of BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 13, 2017: Stained Glass in the Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon in Brussels, Belgium, depicting a female saint, dressed as an abbessSmall photo of BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 13, 2017: Stained Glass in the Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon in Brussels, Belgium, depicting a female saint, dressed as an abbessSmall photo of GORNENSKY CONVENT FOR WOMEN, JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14, 2015: Abbess Georgiya meet with pilgrims. Gornensky convent founded by archimandrite Antonin (Kapustin) in 1871.Small photo of abbess word on index card More...

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Scrabble value of A1B3B3E1S1S1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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