foundress

[ foun-dris ]
/ ˈfaʊn drɪs /
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noun

a woman who establishes something, as an institution or religious order; founder.

Origin of foundress

1400–50; late Middle English founderesse; see founder1, -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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