adul·​ter·​ess ə-ˈdəl-t(ə-)rəs How to pronounce adulteress (audio)
variants or less commonly adultress
: a woman who commits adultery

Examples of adulteress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Klytemnestra is no longer a power-hungry adulteress but a generic grieving mother. James Frankie Thomas, Vulture, 27 July 2022 In any case, whether Mary Ellen is seen as the flighty adulteress who deservedly dies a sad early death or as the unfortunate source of Meredith’s creative invention, the woman herself, in all her complexity, seems to disappear. Hermione Lee, The New York Review of Books, 3 Dec. 2020

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Word History


alteration (conformed to Latin adulter) of Middle English avoutresse, advowteresse, borrowed from Anglo-French avouteresse, from avouter adulterer + -esse -ess

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adulteress was in 1542

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Cite this Entry

“Adulteress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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