Definitions

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  • n. A female spectator.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A female beholder or looker-on.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female spectator or looker-on.

Etymologies

Latin spectatrix. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I know you are merely a spectatress, and I will not alarm your friends, nor dwell myself, upon collateral mischiefs, or eventual dangers, from a business that in three days will end, by your restoration to the most respectable of all protections.

    Camilla

  • Edgar, looking after her with affected reproach, but real admiration, asked the hand of Eugenia; who gave it with readiness and pleasure; for, though contented as a spectatress, she experienced an agreeable surprise in becoming a party engaged.

    Camilla

  • At the end of the two dances, Lord Ernolf again attempted to engage her for his son, but she now excused herself from dancing any more, and sat quietly as a spectatress till the rest of the company gave over.

    Cecilia

  • Now all the impressions of burning desire, from the lively scenes I had been spectatress of, ripened by the heat of this exercise, and, collecting to a head, throbbed and agitated me with insupportable irritations: I was perfectly fevered and maddened with their excess.

    How to Do the History of Pornography: Romantic Sexuality and its Field of Vision

  • Of all these little incidents, Dot was the amused and open – eyed spectatress from her chair in the cart; and as she sat there, looking on — a charming little portrait framed to admiration by the tilt — there was no lack of nudgings and glancings and whisperings and envyings among the younger men.

    The Cricket on the Hearth

  • Acropolis rose high, spectatress of a thousand changes, of ancient glory,

    The Last Man

  • Of all the little incidents of the day, Dot was the amused and open-eyed spectatress from her chair in the cart; making a charming little portrait as she sat there, looking on.

    Ten Girls from Dickens

  • Page 250 and I resolved to be at least a spectatress of this.

    Belle Boyd in Camp and Prison

  • The hapless cause of all stood "spectatress of the fray" beside her kitchen fire.

    Mistress and Maid. A Household Story.

  • Above his tent was a smaller pavilion in the shape of a watch-tower, in which was seated, as spectatress of the fights, the Georgian Princess, the strong-minded Rosalinde, who had, by praiseworthy perseverance, and allowing no trifles to stand in her way, completely won the heart of

    The Seven Champions of Christendom

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