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[poh-i-tis] /ˈpoʊ ɪ tɪs/
a woman who writes poetry.
Origin of poetess
1520-30; poet + -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is the aim of this book to resuscitate interest in the poetess, and in the literary circle over which she reigned supreme.

    Anna Seward Stapleton Martin
  • After Ansaldo's death, we hear nothing more about the poetess.

  • He had been greatly affected by the death of his beloved sister Eliza, a poetess of much taste and feeling.

    Great Astronomers R. S. Ball
  • The lines of Mrs Sigourney, the American poetess, please me most.

    Diary in America, Series One Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • A poetess herself, and the patron of poets, she remained the best counsellor her son ever had.

  • "I think our Aggie is going to be a poetess," said Tess, to Ruth, secretly.

  • Sappho, fair reader, was a poetess, who made love-verses which could be actually scanned.

    The Comic English Grammar Percival Leigh
  • How, at his age, could he see the distinction between the poetess and the Woman?

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "How can you presume to reprimand a poetess," he said, quite seriously; you should have heard Dr. John laugh.

    Heriot's Choice Rosa Nouchette Carey
Word Origin and History for poetess

1520s, from poet + -ess. Earlier fem. form was poetresse (early 15c.). Old Norse had skaldkona "poetess."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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