a girl or woman who herds sheep.
a rural girl.

1350–1400; Middle English shepherdesse. See shepherd, -ess

See -ess. Unabridged
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Example sentences
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.
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