[ ad-ven-cher-is ]

  1. a woman who schemes to win social position, wealth, etc., by unscrupulous or questionable means.

  2. a woman who is an adventurer.

Origin of adventuress

First recorded in 1745–55; adventur(er) + -ess

usage note For adventuress

What's the difference between adventuress and adventurer? See -ess.

Words Nearby adventuress Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use adventuress in a sentence

  • There was, for instance, no faithful old family butler, no sinuous foreign adventuress.

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  • Maria the dancer was romantic, but Maria the adventuress was a whole leap beyond that into the realm of fantasy.

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  • She had, in her high moments, believed herself an adventuress whose poise and plans nothing could unbalance.

  • And we also suspect caves and bandits, Louise knew exactly the effect this would have on Grace, the adventuress.

British Dictionary definitions for adventuress


/ (ədˈvɛntʃərɪs) /

  1. a woman who seeks adventure, esp one who seeks success or money through daring exploits

  2. a woman who seeks money or power by unscrupulous means

  1. a speculator

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