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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. 2016.
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  • Like a tigress she flashed about; just in time then came the call of civilization, and she answered it with a joyous cry.

    In Happy Valley John Fox
  • 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
  • Alleyne stared open-eyed at this tigress who had sprung so suddenly to his rescue.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • She has it in her to be a tigress when you are concerned, or any of her children!

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • The tigress broke right in front of me, and I hit her with a ball from a No. 12 smooth-bore.

  • It is true that a tigress does worry her prey before killing it.

  • There were many of them, and one recent one where a tigress had reached for his shoulder and gone down to the bone.

  • So in their new home the tigress may go hunting with the tiger every day.

  • "One less of the brood now," thought the tigress; turned over, and went to sleep again.

    The Talking Thrush William Crooke
  • So you see how kind the tiger and tigress are to their children.

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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