/kan"euh nis/, n.
a member of a Christian community of women living under a rule but not under a vow.
[1675-85; CANON2 + -ESS]
Usage. See -ess.

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  • canoness — woman living in a community under a religious rule Ecclesiastical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • canoness — can·on·ess || kænÉ™nɪs n. woman member of Christian religious order who lives under a common rule but not bound by vows; religious cleric can·on || kænÉ™n n. church law; accepted principle, criterion; list of Christian saints; books of the… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Canoness — nun belonging to an Augustinian or related order …   Medieval glossary

  • canoness — can·on·ess …   English syllables

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  • canoness — can•on•ess [[t]ˈkæn ə nɪs[/t]] n. rel use a member of a Christian community of women living under a rule but not under a vow • Etymology: 1675–85 …   From formal English to slang

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