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

Examples of adventuress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1871 an English adventuress named Lucy Walker became the first woman to summit the mountain. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, "How the pursuit of one European peak gave rise to modern mountaineering," 1 Aug. 2019 Freya, for her part, approaches the perils of travel with the gusto of a Victorian adventuress. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Taking to the Sky," 25 Jan. 2019 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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“Adventuress.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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