ad·​ven·​tur·​ess | \ əd-ˈven-ch(ə-)rəs How to pronounce adventuress (audio) \

Definition of adventuress

: a female adventurer: such as
a : a woman who seeks dangerous or exciting experiences
b somewhat old-fashioned : a woman who seeks position or livelihood by questionable means

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Wallis was seen as a vulgar American adventuress, while Meghan is perceived as a career woman who isn’t afraid to admit her mistakes and move on. Daisy Goodwin, Time, "How Meghan Markle Is Giving the Royal Family the Shake-Up It Needs," 17 May 2018 Montez really was an adventuress, a bicontinental courtesan, while Menken was first and foremost a performer and an artist. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "The 19th century nude scene that took San Francisco by storm," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of adventuress

1707, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adventuress

adventure entry 1 + -ess

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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