dominatrix

noun

do·​mi·​na·​trix ˌdä-mi-ˈnā-triks How to pronounce dominatrix (audio)
plural dominatrices ˌdä-mi-ˈnā-trə-sēz How to pronounce dominatrix (audio)
-nə-ˈtrī-sēz
also dominatrixes
: a woman who physically or psychologically dominates her partner in a sadomasochistic encounter
broadly : a dominating woman

Examples of dominatrix in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dominatrixes are, like his drug use, part of an effort to keep himself from feeling too much or thinking about the things that are upsetting him. Adelle Waldman, The Atlantic, 9 July 2024 The model also told the publication that her fashion inspiration ranges from ‘50s pin-up stars to dominatrixes. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 26 Dec. 2023 Madonna breaks from the bright colors and religious iconography for a look that's something akin to a pirate dominatrix. EW.com, 20 Feb. 2024 On the show, Giamatti plays U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades Jr., the antagonist to Damian Lewis’ Bobby Axelrod, Wong had a recurring role as Troy, a dominatrix visited by Giamatti’s character. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 15 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for dominatrix 

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Word History

Etymology

Latin, feminine of dominator

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dominatrix was in 1971

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“Dominatrix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dominatrix. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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