- a woman who establishes something, as an institution or religious order; founder.
Origin of foundress
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Examples from the Web for foundress
Fabiola, at Rome, is the foundress of the first important hospital in that city.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
Henceforth, when the magnetic science is discussed, honor its foundress.
We will accept the Scolia as the pioneer, the foundress of the first principles of the art.Bramble-bees and Others
J. Henri Fabre
At the feet of the saint kneels the foundress, his sister Bitcula.The Shores of the Adriatic
F. Hamilton Jackson
The second wife was Dido, the queen and foundress of Carthage in Africa.Dante. An essay.
R. W. Church