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authoress

[aw-ther-is] /ˈɔ θər ɪs/
noun
1.
a woman who is an author.
Origin of authoress
1485-1495
First recorded in 1485-95; author + -ess
Usage note
See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for authoress
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  • The authoress was pleased, and the block was sent to the engraver.

  • Yet the authoress of "Sour Grapes" was undeniably a successful woman.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • Yes, thanks, and I hope the Mrs. authoress has done the same.

    Through Finland in Carts Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • Presently the authoress paused and seemed to wait for her guest's criticism.

    A Black Adonis

    Linn Boyd Porter
  • He wanted to talk with his friend about the young author and authoress.

    A Black Adonis

    Linn Boyd Porter
  • Number Five, as I think I have said before, has not the ambition to figure as an authoress.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • The authoress of "Jane Eyre" was taken for a man by many persons.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • The present volume will only add to her reputation as an authoress.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • So I think, on the whole, I shall be an authoress, and let my pen be my sceptre.

    About Peggy Saville Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  • How incomparably, for instance, the authoress dives into her story at once.

British Dictionary definitions for authoress

authoress

/ˈɔːθəˌrɛs/
noun
1.
(old-fashioned or derogatory) a female author
Usage note
Gender-neutral form: author
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