- a girl or woman who herds sheep.
- a rural girl.
Origin of shepherdess
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Examples from the Web for shepherdess
Upon this delightful object the shepherdess gazed with an unwearied regard.
The heart of the shepherdess had instinctively vibrated to the praises of simplicity.
The shepherdess had listened to all the horrors of the scene with a gloomy kind of satisfaction.
His "Robene and Makyne" is a "disputoison" between a shepherd and shepherdess.A Literary History of the English People
Jean Jules Jusserand
She was a shepherdess to the core, and hated the poor "Packhorse."
Word Origin and History for shepherdess
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