tempt·​ress ˈtem(p)-trəs How to pronounce temptress (audio)
: a woman who tempts or entices

Examples of temptress in a Sentence

Greta Garbo, one of the most famous temptresses ever to appear on screen, died in 1990.
Recent Examples on the Web Benetti has unleashed another elegant temptress on the high seas. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2024 Feldman, a Broadway alum and Dear Evan Hansen star, is the repressed foil to Lawrence's chaotic temptress, and Lawrence attacks the role with gusto, weathering accidental mace attacks and skinny-dipping shenanigans. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 22 June 2023 Into this solution enters a temptress, Tardigrade (contralto Cecelia McKinley), the last of her kind, who threatens their budding love by luring one of the polyfluoroalkyl substances into a crater of liquid mercury. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2024 The Eve of biblical legend was a temptress, thus initiating a lamentable theme in the history of sexism. Stephen Jay Gould, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 That movie, now rightly recognized as a masterpiece, had a famously rocky landing here in 2013, at Telluride’s 40th-anniversary edition, where audiences didn’t exactly warm to the disturbing, plot-free spectacle of Scarlett Johansson as an alien temptress sucking men’s bodies dry. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2023 Inspired by Cleopatra the temptress, this floral, sweet scent blends orchid, amber, vanilla, and musk. April Benshosan, womenshealthmag.com, 4 June 2023 Nature's Bounty Horny Goat Weed w/Maca Unleash your inner temptress with Nature's Bounty Horny Goat Weed w/Maca! Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 8 Mar. 2023 The Russian temptress, who often placed her victims in restraints, suddenly found herself in handcuffs. Peter Van Sant july 7, CBS News, 7 July 2018

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'temptress.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


tempter + -ess

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of temptress was in 1594

Dictionary Entries Near temptress

Cite this Entry

“Temptress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temptress. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


tempt·​ress ˈtem(p)-trəs How to pronounce temptress (audio)
: a woman who tempts

More from Merriam-Webster on temptress

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!