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dominatrix

[dom-uh-ney-triks]
noun, plural dom·i·na·tri·ces [dom-uh-ney-truh-seez, -nuh-trahy-seez] /ˌdɒm əˈneɪ trəˌsiz, -nəˈtraɪ siz/.
  1. a woman who plays the dominant role in a sado-masochistic sexual relationship or encounter.
  2. a woman who dominates.
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Origin of dominatrix

From Latin, dating back to 1555–65; see origin at dominate, -trix

Usage note

See -trix.
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dominatrix

noun plural dominatrices (ˌdɒmɪnəˈtraɪsiːz)
  1. a woman who is the dominant sexual partner in a sadomasochistic relationship
  2. a dominant woman
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin, fem of dominātor, from dominārī to be lord over
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Word Origin and History for dominatrix

n.

"dominant female entity," attested since 1560s, though not in quite the usual modern sense ("Rome ... dominatrix of nations" [1561]). See domination + -trix. Modern BDSM sense attested by 1976.

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