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shepherdess

[shep-er-dis] /ˈʃɛp ər dɪs/
noun
1.
a girl or woman who herds sheep.
2.
a rural girl.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English shepherdesse. See shepherd, -ess
Usage note
See -ess.
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Examples for shepherdess
  • There she dressed as a shepherdess and tended a flock of sheep.
  • There she is, you see, a shepherdess feeding her flock.
  • Sheep do not pay well there, and this is always discouraging for a shepherdess if she means well.
  • She spent her short holy life as a shepherdess, unvisited by any swans.
  • She appears to be a shepherdess, as a crook and scattered blossoms lie at her sandaled feet.
Word Origin and History for shepherdess
n.

late 14c., from shepherd + -ess.

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