po·​et·​ess | \ ˈpō-ə-təs How to pronounce poetess (audio) , ˈpō-i- also ˈpȯ(-)i- \

Definition of poetess

: a girl or woman who is a poet

Examples of poetess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To those who know, Patti Smith, pioneering punk poetess and rock star without peer or precedent, requires no introduction. Jem Aswad, Variety, 1 June 2022 Reimagined as a flowing gown, the look has a new verve, one that speaks to Kente’s timelessness and the youthful exuberance of 23-year-old poetess. Vogue, 7 Apr. 2021 Sarojini Naidu, poetess, and Madeline Slade, the British admiral's daughter who has been Gandhi's devoted follower for 17 years. Mme. Lily Rothman, Time, 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of poetess

1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Poetess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetess. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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