[ aw-ther-is ]

  1. a woman who is an author.

Origin of authoress

First recorded in 1485–95; author + -ess

usage note For authoress

What's the difference between authoress and author? See -ess.

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

How to use authoress in a sentence

  • Maria Edgworth, the popular and distinguished authoress, died at her residence in Edgworthstown, Ireland.

  • Mary Manley died; an English authoress, of considerable reputation as a writer, but of a wanton and licentious character.

  • Susanna was a sister of Miss Agnes Strickland, the authoress, and was as much a writer as herself.

    East Anglia | J. Ewing Ritchie
  • There is a much better study of Mazzini's early life, prefixed to the same authoress' Scritti scelti.

    The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King
  • “It is the very last time I ask a Western authoress to accept my hospitality,” said she.

    The Butterfly House | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

British Dictionary definitions for authoress


/ (ˈɔːθəˌrɛs) /

  1. old-fashioned, or derogatory a female author

usage For authoress

Gender-neutral form: author

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