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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A monastery governed by a prior or a convent governed by a prioress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A monastery or convent governed by a prior or prioress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A religious house presided over by a prior or prioress; -- sometimes an offshoot of, an subordinate to, an abbey, and called also cell, and obedience. See cell, 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A religions house next in dignity below an abbey, and often, but not necessarily, dependent upon an abbey. Its superior is called a prior or prioress.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. religious residence in a monastery governed by a prior or a convent governed by a prioress

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