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  1. an actress especially noted for performing tragic roles.
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Origin of tragedienne

1850–55; < French, feminine of tragédien tragedian

Usage note

See -enne.
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Examples from the Web for tragedienne

Historical Examples of tragedienne

  • According to his ideas, Deborah, the tragedienne at the Odeon—a Greek statue!

    A Romance of Youth, Complete

    Francois Coppee

  • "Never an actress at all, and never will be," replied the first tragedienne.

  • Her genius as a tragedienne surpassed her talent as a singer.

  • It was the head of a tragedienne or a martyr, and the lean, rather beautiful body was eloquent of life.

  • He was not prepared yet to say which was trick, which reality; which was the woman, Selma Cross, or the tragedienne.