a woman who instructs; teacher.

Origin of instructress

First recorded in 1620–30; instruct(o)r + -ess

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • She had the sense to put herself in the hands of an instructress.

  • As for Cynthia, she revelled in her position as instructress.

    Betty Trevor

    Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey

  • To inaugurate a course of vocal instruction, place the residence of the instructress.


    James Joyce

  • I have been told of a lady who wishes an instructress for her daughters.

  • Their instructress in the French language was named Blanchard, and was already there.


    Constance Fenimore Woolson