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[ad-ven-cher-is] /ædˈvɛn tʃər ɪs/
a woman who schemes to win social position, wealth, etc., by unscrupulous or questionable means.
a woman who is an adventurer.
Origin of adventuress
1745-55; adventur(er) + -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At the same time valuable pieces of furniture disappeared from our house, and were carted to adventuress No.

    The Confession of a Fool August Strindberg
  • Miss Mackall recognized the adventuress of Musquasepi, and knew what she had come for.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • As I am to be an adventuress, I must do the best I can for myself.

    Red Hair Elinor Glyn
  • “The creature must be a fool, or an adventuress,” pronounced the Chancellor.

    The Princess Virginia C. N. Williamson
  • He had made her blush, and had come near to making her angry, while an adventuress would not have shown her feelings so easily.

    Brandon of the Engineers Harold Bindloss
  • "You speak exactly as if you were planning to be an adventuress," said Phyllis, coldly.

  • I can't stultify myself to prove this poor girl an adventuress.

    Rose MacLeod Alice Brown
  • Suddenly she broke out: "I always thought her an adventuress!"

    The Reef Edith Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for adventuress


a woman who seeks adventure, esp one who seeks success or money through daring exploits
a woman who seeks money or power by unscrupulous means
a speculator
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