a woman who tempts, entices, or allures.

Origin of temptress

First recorded in 1585–95; tempt(e)r + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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a woman who sets out to allure or seduce a man or men; seductress
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Word Origin and History for temptress

1590s, from tempter + -ess.

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