(3 syl.). Daughter of King Pepin, and bride of her cousin
Valentine, the brother of Orson. She soon died. (Valentine and
The prioress in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
wholly ignorant of the world, vain of her courtly manners, and noted
for her partiality to lap-dogs, her delicate oath, “by seint Eloy,”
her “entuning the service swetely in her nose,” and her speaking French
“after the scole of Stratford atte Bowe.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894