a woman who is an arbiter.

Origin of arbitress

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

Usage note

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

Examples from the Web for arbitress

Historical Examples of arbitress

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

  • 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



a female arbitrator
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