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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of a religious community of women living under a common rule and bound by vows of obedience, chastity, and in some cases poverty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Eccles., a member of a community of women living under a rule, but not obliged to make any vows or to renounce the world.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A woman who holds a canonry in a conventual chapter.
  • noun one bound by the vow of poverty, and observing a strict rule of life.
  • noun one allowed to hold private property, and bound only by vows of chastity and obedience so long as she chose to remain in the chapter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun dated A woman who holds a canonry in a conventual chapter.

Etymologies

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canon +‎ -ess. Compare Latin canonissa.

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