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dominatrix

[dom-uh-ney-triks] /ˌdɒm əˈneɪ trɪks/
noun, plural dominatrices
[dom-uh-ney-truh-seez, -nuh-trahy-seez] /ˌdɒm əˈneɪ trəˌsiz, -nəˈtraɪ siz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a woman who plays the dominant role in a sado-masochistic sexual relationship or encounter.
2.
a woman who dominates.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin; see dominate, -trix
Usage note
See -trix.
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British Dictionary definitions for dominatrices

dominatrix

/ˌdɒmɪˈneɪtrɪks/
noun (pl) dominatrices (ˌdɒmɪnəˈtraɪsiːz)
1.
a woman who is the dominant sexual partner in a sadomasochistic relationship
2.
a dominant woman
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, fem of dominātor, from dominārī to be lord over
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Word Origin and History for dominatrices

dominatrix

n.

"dominant female entity," attested since 1560s, though not in quite the usual modern sense ("Rome ... dominatrix of nations" [1561]). See domination + -trix. Modern BDSM sense attested by 1976.

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