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Origin of huntress

First recorded in 1350–1400, huntress is from the Middle English word hunteresse. See hunter, -ess

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of huntress

Historical Examples of huntress

  • There was a little silver moon—Diana's moon, the crescent of the huntress.

    Glory of Youth

    Temple Bailey

  • But to her, at last, there came a day when she was no longer the huntress but the hunted.

  • She symbolized Diana the Huntress, and was followed by her faithful hounds.


    Richard Short

  • "There is no ship like a privateer, and no privateer like the Huntress," he was saying.

    The Windy Hill

    Cornelia Meigs

  • Beyond them, the lights of the Huntress showed where she was getting up sail.

    The Windy Hill

    Cornelia Meigs

Word Origin and History for huntress

late 14c.; see hunter + -ess. Old English had hunticge.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper