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[tahy-gris] /ˈtaɪ grɪs/
a female tiger.
a woman resembling a tiger, as in fierceness or courage.
Origin of tigress
1605-15; earlier tigresse < French; see tiger, -ess Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Alleyne stared open-eyed at this tigress who had sprung so suddenly to his rescue.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But his wife, in spite of our entreaties, rushed on, leaping like a tigress.

  • "You should say a tigress in a bag," replied, laughingly, the buccaneer.

  • I shall therefore commission the Foudre, and re-name her the tigress.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • As soon as this was arranged, the tigress sailed away again.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • And she started up and paced the room like a tigress in its cage.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • Not e'en the tigress of the wild,Thus tears her fellow's brood.

    The Liberty Minstrel George W. Clark
  • For all her soft daintiness, there was something of the tigress in Eileen Meredith.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • A day or two after this, the "tigress" came in, bringing the mail.

    A Jolly Fellowship Frank R. Stockton
  • When she saw Maud in Deborah's grip she flew at her sister like a tigress and dragged her off.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for tigress


a female tiger
a fierce, cruel, or wildly passionate woman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tigress

1610s, from tiger + -ess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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