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  1. a female tiger.
  2. a woman resembling a tiger, as in fierceness or courage.
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Origin of tigress

1605–15; earlier tigresse < French; see tiger, -ess
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  • Alleyne stared open-eyed at this tigress who had sprung so suddenly to his rescue.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • But his wife, in spite of our entreaties, rushed on, leaping like a tigress.

  • "You should say a tigress in a bag," replied, laughingly, the buccaneer.

  • I shall therefore commission the Foudre, and re-name her the Tigress.

    At Aboukir and Acre

    George Alfred Henty

  • As soon as this was arranged, the Tigress sailed away again.

    At Aboukir and Acre

    George Alfred Henty

British Dictionary definitions for tigress


  1. a female tiger
  2. a fierce, cruel, or wildly passionate woman
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Word Origin and History for tigress


1610s, from tiger + -ess.

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