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[in-struhk-tris] /ɪnˈstrʌk trɪs/
a woman who instructs; teacher.
Origin of instructress
First recorded in 1620-30; instruct(o)r + -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She was the same who deferred the plague of Athens ten years by a sacrifice, and was my instructress in the art of love.

  • She had the sense to put herself in the hands of an instructress.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • To inaugurate a course of vocal instruction, place the residence of the instructress.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • As for Cynthia, she revelled in her position as instructress.

    Betty Trevor Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  • "Miss Gertrude, permit me to remark that you are lacking in respect to your instructress," returned Miss Fisk, reddening.

    Elsie's children Martha Finley
  • Their instructress in the French language was named Blanchard, and was already there.

    Anne Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Thucydides says that Athens was at this time the instructress of Greece, as she was the source of its supplies.

    Greek Women Mitchell Carroll
  • His mother was his companion, his playmate, and his instructress.

    Olive Leaves Lydia Howard Sigourney

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