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[huhn-tris] /ˈhʌn trɪs/
a woman who hunts.
a mare used as a hunting horse.
Origin of huntress
First recorded in 1350-1400, huntress is from the Middle English word hunteresse. See hunter, -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There was a little silver moon—Diana's moon, the crescent of the huntress.

    Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
  • But to her, at last, there came a day when she was no longer the huntress but the hunted.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • She symbolized Diana the huntress, and was followed by her faithful hounds.

    Saronia Richard Short
  • "There is no ship like a privateer, and no privateer like the huntress," he was saying.

    The Windy Hill Cornelia Meigs
  • Mark my words, there will no good come to the huntress from setting sail of a Friday.

    The Windy Hill Cornelia Meigs
  • Beyond them, the lights of the huntress showed where she was getting up sail.

    The Windy Hill Cornelia Meigs
  • All this the quick eye of the huntress takes in at a glance, resolving her how to act.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • It is the angel of the desert, no longer in huntress garb, but dressed as a lady.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • Hunter and huntress, pillars and wrought iron, are for sale.

Word Origin and History for huntress

late 14c.; see hunter + -ess. Old English had hunticge.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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