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  1. a woman who establishes something, as an institution or religious order; founder.
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Origin of foundress

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

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for foundress

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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