American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A girl or woman who herds, guards, and tends sheep.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman who tends sheep; a rural lass.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A woman who tends sheep; hence, a rural lass.
- n. a woman shepherd
- shepherd + -ess (Wiktionary)
“In it the shepherdess is standing by her flock engrossed in her knitting.”
“I call our shepherdess Honorine even though perhaps not infallibly naming the sociable soubrette who might, with all her gay bold confidence, have been an official inspectress in person, and to whose easy care or, more particularly, expert sensibility and candour of sympathy and curiosity, our flock was freely confided.”
“As easy as a shepherdess, which is what bergere means in French.”
“Melrose and Von Behrens honours crowded each other -- here was the thin old silver "shepherdess" cup awarded that Johanna von Behrens who had won a prize with her sheep, while Washington was yet a boy; and here the quaint tortoise-shell snuff-box that a great prince, homeless and unknown, had given the American family that took him in; and the silver buttons from Lafayette's waistcoat that the great Frenchman had presented Colonel Horace Murison of the "Continentals.”
“shepherdess," fed the poultry with Edwin, pulled off her jewelled ornaments, and gave them to Walter for playthings; nay, she even washed off her rouge at the spring, and came in with faint natural roses upon her faded cheeks.”
“He says he found me with goats and sheep — that I was some kind of shepherdess in the jungle! ”
“I have seen one of this man's works that showed a shepherdess in the mountains of Norway.”
“If I was dressed like some sort of Hebrew shepherdess, hung out in fields with sheep, and carried a crook, that is.”
“The painting—my own face, clad in shepherdess gear—stared back at me.”
“Noah told me that he fell in love with a Retenu shepherdess named Rachael.”
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