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subprioress (plural subprioresses)

  1. A female subprior.
    • 1983 April 30, Peg Cruikshank, Rosemary Curb, “Cloister Closets: Breaking Silence”, in Gay Community News, page 8:
      When we were sleeping together, we knew we had to be secretive. I would creep into her cell after Profound Silence. Her cell was next to the subprioress's cell. We waited for the wonderful tell-tale signal of the subprioress snoring.