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poetess

[poh-i-tis]
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noun
  1. a woman who writes poetry.
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Origin of poetess

First recorded in 1520–30; poet + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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  • Gulnare was represented by a girl with the body of a Peri and the soul of a poetess.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • After Ansaldo's death, we hear nothing more about the poetess.

  • But it was not her religion which supplied the poetess with this pretty fancy.

    India and the Indians

    Edward F. Elwin

  • The poetess was born at Eyam in Derbyshire, where her father was then the Rector.

    Anna Seward

    Stapleton Martin

  • The lines of Mrs Sigourney, the American poetess, please me most.

    Diary in America, Series One

    Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)


Word Origin and History for poetess

n.

1520s, from poet + -ess. Earlier fem. form was poetresse (early 15c.). Old Norse had skaldkona "poetess."

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