[ poh-i-tis ]
/ ˈpoʊ ɪ tɪs /


a woman who writes poetry.

Nearby words

  1. poesy,
  2. poet,
  3. poet laureate,
  4. poet.,
  5. poetaster,
  6. poetic,
  7. poetic edda,
  8. poetic justice,
  9. poetic licence,
  10. poetic license

Origin of poetess

First recorded in 1520–30; poet + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.

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Word Origin and History for poetess



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

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