[uh-duhl-ter-is, -tris]


a woman who commits adultery.

Origin of adulteress

1350–1400; adulter(er) + -ess; replacing Middle English avoutresse

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a woman who has committed adultery
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Word Origin and History for adulteress

late 14c., avoutresse, agent noun in fem. form from obsolete verb adulter (see adulterer).

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