a girl or woman who herds sheep.
a rural girl.

Origin of shepherdess

First recorded in 1350–1400, shepherdess is from the Middle English word shepherdesse. See shepherd, -ess

Usage note

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

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Word Origin and History for shepherdess

late 14c., from shepherd + -ess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper