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  1. a girl or woman who herds sheep.
  2. a rural girl.
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Origin of shepherdess

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

Usage note

See -ess.
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Related Words for shepherdess

herdsman, herder, watcher, teacher, caretaker, watch, pastor, guide, guard, minister, escort, tender, attendant, protector, leader, pilot, shepherdess, pastoralist

Examples from the Web for shepherdess

Historical Examples of shepherdess

  • Upon this delightful object the shepherdess gazed with an unwearied regard.


    William Godwin

  • The heart of the shepherdess had instinctively vibrated to the praises of simplicity.


    William Godwin

  • The shepherdess had listened to all the horrors of the scene with a gloomy kind of satisfaction.


    William Godwin

  • His "Robene and Makyne" is a "disputoison" between a shepherd and shepherdess.

  • She was a shepherdess to the core, and hated the poor "Packhorse."

Word Origin and History for shepherdess


late 14c., from shepherd + -ess.

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