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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun a small religious house dependent on a large monastery in some other country.

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

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

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

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

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