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  1. a woman who is an author.
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Origin of authoress

First recorded in 1485–95; author + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for authoress

Historical Examples of authoress

  • The authoress was pleased, and the block was sent to the engraver.

    The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)

    Harry Furniss

  • Yet the authoress of "Sour Grapes" was undeniably a successful woman.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • Yes, thanks, and I hope the Mrs. Authoress has done the same.

    Through Finland in Carts

    Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie

  • Presently the authoress paused and seemed to wait for her guest's criticism.

    A Black Adonis

    Linn Boyd Porter

  • He wanted to talk with his friend about the young author and authoress.

    A Black Adonis

    Linn Boyd Porter

British Dictionary definitions for authoress


  1. old-fashioned, or derogatory a female author
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Gender-neutral form: author
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