The few English words that end in -enne,
indicating the feminine counterpart of a traditionally masculine term ending in -en
usually carry little implication of inferiority. Many women, however, prefer that no distinction be made and that, as with other gender-specific words, the terms once reserved for males be applied to males and females alike. English is quite inconsistent in adopting such feminine nouns. Equestrian
has the form equestrienne; pedestrian
has no corresponding feminine term. Although we have both comedienne
there is no feminine variant for thespian.
See also -ess