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

Origin of adventuress

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

Usage note

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

Examples from the Web for adventuress

Contemporary Examples of adventuress

Historical Examples of adventuress

  • “The creature must be a fool, or an adventuress,” pronounced the Chancellor.

    The Princess Virginia

    C. N. Williamson

  • Asher Merriwell had been snared by the wiles of an adventuress, and he had married her.

  • She married the Marchese, but I am convinced that she is an adventuress—and more.

    The Golden Face

    William Le Queux

  • Your name is Frieda Hoheisel, and you were an adventuress and a thief!

    The Golden Face

    William Le Queux

  • Miss Mackall recognized the adventuress of Musquasepi, and knew what she had come for.

    The Huntress

    Hulbert Footner

British Dictionary definitions for adventuress



a woman who seeks adventure, esp one who seeks success or money through daring exploits
a woman who seeks money or power by unscrupulous means
a speculator
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