shep·​herd·​ess | \ ˈshe-pər-dəs How to pronounce shepherdess (audio) \

Definition of shepherdess

: a woman or girl who tends sheep also : a rural girl or woman

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At the Eco-Goats work site in Delaware, the herd stays in the trailer, while Knox, chief shepherdess Jennifer Vaccaro and Vaccaro’s nephew Mason mark out the border inside which the goats will graze for the next four days. Rachel Manteuffel, Washington Post, "Using goats to clear land is ‘way more labor-intensive than anyone can imagine’," 13 Aug. 2019 Her earlier work – colorful, highly glazed, and smaller in scale – hearken to Meissen figurines of porcelain shepherdesses and gentlemen. Diane M. Bacha, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gerit Grimm turns ceramic figures into storytellers," 18 Dec. 2017 Rosalind’s best friend and cousin, the urbane Celia (in a mellifluous portrayal by Stella Baker), is yet another character in disguise — as a shepherdess. Julia M. Klein,, "A darker 'As You Like It' from the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival," 23 July 2017 Actors playing sheep and a shepherdess instruct the crowd in the finer points of baaa-ing and hoof-bumping. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: Shakespeare for the Very Young (Sheep Ears Included)," 24 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of shepherdess

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shepherdess

old-fashioned : a woman whose job is to take care of sheep


shep·​herd·​ess | \ ˈshe-pər-dəs How to pronounce shepherdess (audio) \

Kids Definition of shepherdess

: a woman who takes care of and guards a flock of sheep

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