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 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, "Gandhi Was Arrested 75 Years Ago. Read TIME's Original Report on What Happened," 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of poetess

1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Poetess.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetess. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of poetess

old-fashioned : a girl or woman who writes poems

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