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arbitress

[ahr-bi-tris]
noun
  1. a woman who is an arbiter.
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Origin of arbitress

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French arbitresse, equivalent to arbitre arbit(e)r + -esse -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for arbitress

Historical Examples

  • With your knowledge of our modes, you will be at Petersburg the arbitress of delights.

    Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

  • War is the arbiter of rising worlds; And Violence, arbitress.

    Life Immovable

    Kostes Palamas

  • He had to break the tidings of his sister's marriage to the arbitress of his destinies.

    Two Poets

    Honore de Balzac

  • Eloquent and witty, she was the delight of her neighbors, and their chronicle and arbitress.

  • He loved her so tenderly that from the first day of their marriage he had constituted her the arbitress of his wishes.


British Dictionary definitions for arbitress

arbitress

noun
  1. a female arbitrator
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