Definitions

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  • n. A sister lower in order than an abbess or mother superior in a nunnery or convent
  • n. A female representative
  • n. The wife of a parish vicar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female vicar; the wife of a vicar.

Etymologies

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From vicar + -ess

Examples

  • As the vicaress was her almoner that lady felt her importance rapidly on the increase.

    The Shuttle

  • Augsburg, Rome, Burghausen, Hammersmith, and York were governed by local superiors appointed by the chief superior, who resided for the most part at Rome, and had a vicaress in Munich.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • This chapter ordinarily meets every six or twelve years, being summoned by the superior general or mother vicaress; but an extraordinary meeting may be called on the occurrence in the vacancy in the office of superior, or for any other grave reason approved by the Holy See.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • She is bound to the rules and the choir, but not to the private recitation of the Divine Office; she can take part in chapters, except in those in which others are admitted to vows; she cannot be elected superior, mother-vicaress, mistress of novices, assistant, counsellor, or treasurer.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • At the last general chapter held in London, 31 July, 1906, a vicaress general for America was appointed.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • They wasted no time, however, in coming to the point, and in a measure it was the vicaress who aided them.

    The Shuttle

  • "They will be angry with me," said the vicaress awkwardly.

    The Shuttle

  • The tone of mingled patronage and possession in which her guest spoke of her own two particular sacred totems, vicar and vicaress, incensed her highly.

    The Far Horizon

  • The complaint was that the parishioner's wife did not curtsey to the vicaress, but on the contrary, when she met or passed her on the road she maintained an exceedingly stiff, erect attitude, which was not right, and far from pleasant to the other.

    A Traveller in Little Things

  • The vicaress gave a genial, irrelevant laugh, and observed that he was a precious little pet "Let him choose," said Mark

    The Author Of Beltraffio

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