po·​et·​ess ˈpō-ə-təs How to pronounce poetess (audio)
 also  ˈpȯ(-)i-
: a girl or woman who is a poet

Examples of poetess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Louvre Richelieu Wing Palette For the makeup palette, Lancôme celebrated the sculpture of Corine, Greek poetess of the 5th century BC presented in the Richelieu wing of the Louvre. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 25 Aug. 2023 Though Orton, in concert later this week at the Irish American Heritage Center, is rightly admired as a poetess of British folk-rock, her closest analog might be a poetess of Francophone cinema: Claire Denis. Matthew Richards, Chicago Tribune, 7 Nov. 2022 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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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poetess was in 1530

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“Poetess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetess. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


po·​et·​ess ˈpō-ət-əs How to pronounce poetess (audio)
: a girl or woman who writes poetry

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