Definitions for "Abbess"
Keywords:  abbey, nuns, nunnery, abbot, superior
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. See Abbey.
The female form of abbot. The superior of a convent.
the spiritual and administrative head of an abbey of nuns, elected by the community or nominated by the founding family of the house