- n. dated, literary A black female.
- From French nègress, from nègre. Equivalent to Negro + -ess. (Wiktionary)
“The negresses are examined by a female specially appointed for that purpose, and the negress is sold on the faith of her statement being correct.”
“It is mentioned, as an instance of fidelity, that a negress is the gaoler of the women in Tangier.”
“Ketchum 1.169 speaks of a negress, aged thirteen, who gave birth to a well-developed child which began to menstruate at ten years and nine months and at thirteen became pregnant; hence the negress was a grandmother at twenty-five years and nine months.”
“At last two dinars stuck to the dough and she drew them through the fissure and returned to her own chamber; then, calling the negress, she gave her the ducats saying, "Go thou to the Bazar and buy us some mutton and rice and clarified butter; and do thou also bring us some fresh bread and spices and return with them without delay.”
“To Rawlings, Zora was a "negress"; to Hurston, they were both just Southerners, writers and women.”
“The problem is that the overarching joke of my work was that very early on I positioned myself as a "negress", and there was a fictional construct that embraced this anachronistic and totally racist naming that I used as a tool.”
“There were a couple of long-winded titles for different works and shows where the word "negress" was prominent - partially as a device and partially as a way of distancing myself from myself, or liberating myself from myself, or something.”
“Being fond of "negress", speaking as a cracker, would go over pretty poorly with a whole lot of people too.”
“No, no," said I to the Marquise, "that piece of gallantry of Ninon is only a myth; it is the composition of Martinique, or of the negress, which is the real recipe of Madame de Maintenon.”
“The scintillating 'Aurora Borealis' became the brawny negress whose income from washing the community's clothes ran at about five hundred a month.”
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