ti·​gress | \ ˈtī-grəs How to pronounce tigress (audio) \

Definition of tigress

: a female tiger also : a tigerish woman

Examples of tigress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This tigress is rubbing herself against an ancient Manchurian fir tree, leaving her scent to mark her territory. Rachael Zisk, Popular Science, "Check out the breathtaking winners of the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest," 20 Oct. 2020 The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History, author Dane Hucklebridge details the surprisingly methodical and incredibly blood machinations of a single Bengal tigress. Tom Mcnamara, Popular Science, "How a 19-year-old lion fathered 35 cubs in 18 months," 27 Aug. 2020 Both actresses are masters of range, Greig a sitcom doyenne known for cult comedies Black Books, Episodes and Friday Night Dinner, and Walter a tigress with supporting parts in Succession, Killing Eve and The Spanish Princess. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Belgravia': TV Review," 10 Apr. 2020 My first sighting was a tigress with three cubs on a hill. Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz India, "An Indian couple has been buying land near a tiger reserve and letting the forest grow back," 16 Feb. 2020 The artist, Katie Stout, had made a statue of this tigress with wings and golden eyes. Lindsay Zoladz, New York Times, "Kesha’s Week: Digging Springsteen and Meeting Nicolas Cage," 28 Jan. 2020 For the awakening of the nation and the salvation of the women, the Tamil Eelam revolutionary woman has transformed herself into a tigress. Longreads, "A Chance to Rewrite History: The Women Fighters of the Tamil Tigers," 22 May 2018 An Indian tigress wearing a radio collar wades through a river after being released by wildlife workers in Storekhali forest in the Sundarbans, some 130 kilometers south of Kolkata, in 2010. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Global warming puts nearly half of species in key places at risk: report," 13 Mar. 2018 What happened is Machli lost her canine teeth and became this odd predicament of an elderly, wild tigress. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "The True Story of Machli, the World's Most Famous Tiger," 12 Dec. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tigress.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of tigress

1611, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about tigress

Time Traveler for tigress

Time Traveler

The first known use of tigress was in 1611

See more words from the same year

Statistics for tigress

Cite this Entry

“Tigress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tigress. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for tigress


How to pronounce tigress (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tigress

: a female tiger


ti·​gress | \ ˈtī-grəs How to pronounce tigress (audio) \

Kids Definition of tigress

: a female tiger

More from Merriam-Webster on tigress

Nglish: Translation of tigress for Spanish Speakers

Comments on tigress

What made you want to look up tigress? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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