au·​thor·​ess ˈȯ-th(ə-)rəs How to pronounce authoress (audio)
somewhat old-fashioned
: a woman or girl who is an author

Examples of authoress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An authoress! Monica Heisey, The New Yorker, 9 Jan. 2023

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Word History


author entry 1 + -ess

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of authoress was in the 15th century

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“Authoress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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