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[kuh n-duhk-tris] /kənˈdʌk trɪs/
a woman who conducts; a female leader, guide, director, or manager.
a woman who is employed as a conductor on a bus, train, or other public conveyance.
Origin of conductress
First recorded in 1615-25; conduct(o)r + -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Hastily dressing, she followed her conductress, who had remained to assist her.

    Clara Maynard W.H.G. Kingston
  • I did think so but forebore to say it, and I softly followed my conductress.

    The Aspern Papers Henry James
  • He said a few words to me, and my conductress led me back to my mother.

    The Town Leigh Hunt
  • In a few seconds, the orphans and their conductress reached the carriage.

  • A stone-cast from the house was a mirador known to our conductress.

    The Fortunate Isles

    Mary Stuart Boyd
  • Near the Draw Bridge a coach was waiting, into which I got with my conductress.

  • His conductress was retiring, to give us, as she said, an opportunity to accommodate matters.

    Maria Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Turning to our conductress, we asked if she had ever seen the Lady of Annesley.

  • The wind blowing hard from the east, their conductress preferred a circuitous path, rather than face the storm.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • I was astonished, and felt my curiosity rise as high as my conductress might desire.

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