do·​mi·​na·​trix | \ ˌdä-mi-ˈnā-triks How to pronounce dominatrix (audio) \
plural dominatrices\ ˌdä-​mi-​ˈnā-​trə-​sēz How to pronounce dominatrices (audio) , -​nə-​ˈtrī-​sēz \ also dominatrixes

Definition of dominatrix

: a woman who physically or psychologically dominates her partner in a sadomasochistic encounter broadly : a dominating woman

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Catherine was in this knit Alexander McQueen dress and these aggressive dominatrix Givenchy lace-up heels. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Schitt’s Creek Is Giving the Gift of Fashion This Holiday Season—and All 2019 Long," 20 Dec. 2018 Mark curing himself, an inspiration to us all—competing for screen time with dominatrix squads of heavily armed women with plastic bodies running around the streets of Marwen on spindly little legs and brightly colored stilettos. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Welcome to Marwen’ Review: An Excess of Fantasy," 20 Dec. 2018 That's why Allure spoke with professional dominatrixes and men who proudly have foot fetishes. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Everything You've Wanted to Know About Foot Fetishes, But Were Afraid to Ask," 17 Aug. 2018 Then there are the clients who view their financial dominatrixes as their therapists. Jennifer Swann,, "Meet the 'financial dominatrixes' who meddle in men's lives — and wallets," 12 Apr. 2018 Now, due to its paramount nature in the market, Eros makes millions of dollars a year; in 2010, Washington, D.C.–based dominatrix Jenny DeMilo estimated that the website brings in somewhere between 8 and 10 million a year. Rick Paulas, Longreads, "Sex Workers vs. The Internet," 15 June 2018 Meanwhile, Tommy Hilfiger's festival-friendly, sporadically placed micro braids and McQueen's thick, slicked and waist-grazing dominatrix plaits proved there's an expressive woven style for everyone. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "8 Beauty Trends That Blew Up on the Fall 2018 Runways," 14 Mar. 2018 Earlier in the night, the model wore the gown of a dominatrix/vampire by Gareth Pugh x Chrome Hearts. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Bella Hadid Saved Her Most Naked Look For the Met Gala After Party​​," 8 May 2018 Two elected Harris County officials squared off Tuesday over a bizarre case in which a top treasury official was charged in a $35,000 check kiting fraud to meet the financial demands of a dominatrix. Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle, "DA, County Treasurer spar over handling of dominatrix case," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dominatrix

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dominatrix

Latin, feminine of dominator

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English Language Learners Definition of dominatrix

: a woman who controls and hurts her partner during sexual activity in order to give her partner sexual pleasure

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