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

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • As for Cynthia, she revelled in her position as instructress.

    Betty Trevor Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  • To inaugurate a course of vocal instruction, place the residence of the instructress.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • I have been told of a lady who wishes an instructress for her daughters.

  • Their instructress in the French language was named Blanchard, and was already there.

    Anne Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Because for the present, at least, she is your instructress.

    A Very Naughty Girl L. T. Meade
  • His mother was his companion, his playmate, and his instructress.

    Olive Leaves Lydia Howard Sigourney
  • As my instructress and his friend, and she was estimated accordingly.

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