ad·​ven·​tur·​ess əd-ˈven-ch(ə-)rəs How to pronounce adventuress (audio)
: a female adventurer: such as
: a woman who seeks dangerous or exciting experiences
somewhat old-fashioned : a woman who seeks position or livelihood by questionable means

Examples of adventuress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dempsey was a creative type, the sort of searcher who, in the Gilded Age, was known as an adventuress. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 3 Apr. 2023 Eliza’s urge to find the truth behind the disappearances begins with a literary argument with her friend Jean, a cross-dressing prostitute and adventuress who services women. Mary Ann Gwinn, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2022 Her heroine, Angela Lovemore—that’s Dr. Lovemore to you—is an adventuress with beauty and brains. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 24 Mar. 2022 Jenna Coleman, already a veteran of storied nerd franchise Doctor Who, will play Lady Johanna Constantine, an 18th-century occult adventuress and ancestor of John Constantine. Christian Holub,, 26 May 2021 Noelline is judged a successful adventuress, but Pianon is thought a double fool for having taken her back. Andrea Lee, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 Lewd women, bawds and adventuresses were not welcome in courts, nor were prostitutes or immoral characters. Clement Knox, Time, 4 Feb. 2020 In 1871 an English adventuress named Lucy Walker became the first woman to summit the mountain. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, 1 Aug. 2019 Freya, for her part, approaches the perils of travel with the gusto of a Victorian adventuress. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2019 See More

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Word History


adventure entry 1 + -ess

First Known Use

1707, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adventuress was in 1707

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“Adventuress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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