adventuress

noun
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 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, EW.com, 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 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, 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, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adventuress. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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