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[aw-ther-is] /ˈɔ θər ɪs/
a woman who is an author.
Origin of authoress
1485-95; author + -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I did not blame her, for if I ever loved in fancy, it is the authoress Auralia.

    Zula H. Esselstyn Lindley
  • Presently the authoress paused and seemed to wait for her guest's criticism.

    A Black Adonis Linn Boyd Porter
  • The farmhouse where the authoress was born and the old manor, her home for many years, were not accessible.

    In Unfamiliar England Thomas Dowler Murphy
  • So I think, on the whole, I shall be an authoress, and let my pen be my sceptre.

    About Peggy Saville Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  • But it is in the domain of the literary essay that this authoress rose to loftiest altitude.

    Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922 Howard Phillips Lovecraft
  • How could an authoress make a Heaven out of the lowest part of earth?

    Hubert's Wife Minnie Mary Lee
  • It gave him an excuse to talk with the authoress as much as he pleased, and he used his advantage.

    A Black Adonis Linn Boyd Porter
  • The authoress was pleased, and the block was sent to the engraver.

  • The authoress of "Jane Eyre" was taken for a man by many persons.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • What effrontery of the authoress, to placard herself with him in a book!

British Dictionary definitions for authoress


(old-fashioned or derogatory) a female author
Usage note
Gender-neutral form: author
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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