UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈpraɪərɛs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈpraɪərɪs/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(prīər is)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
pri•or•ess /ˈpraɪərɪs/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Religiona woman in a convent or abbey who is ranked next below an abbess.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
pri•or•ess  (prīər is),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Religiona woman holding a position corresponding to that of a prior, sometimes ranking next below an abbess.
  • Old French. See prior2, -ess
  • Middle English prioresse 1250–1300
    See  -ess. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
ˈprioress /ˈpraɪərɪs/ n
  1. a nun holding an office in her convent corresponding to that of a prior in a male religious order
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