Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A female arbiter: as, an arbitress of fashion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A female arbiter; an arbitratrix.

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  • noun A female arbiter.

Etymologies

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arbiter +‎ -ess

Examples

  • Beauty arbitress Linda Wells (with touch-ups by her Allure editors) shares the Confessions of a Beauty Editor (Bulfinch).

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  • Beauty arbitress Linda Wells (with touch-ups by her Allure editors) shares the Confessions of a Beauty Editor (Bulfinch).

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  • I supposed it concerned me, more than any other, to be the arbitress of the quarrels of unruly spirits. —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • It was clear that she had been a very desirable and distinguished figure, the mistress of her little section of the world; but more than that, she was the person of all others who seemed to him the arbitress of life, the woman whose judgment was naturally right and steady, as his had never been in spite of all his culture.

    Night and Day, by Virginia Woolf

  • It was accordingly put into the hand of his fair arbitress, who read it immediately with an audible voice.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • Mute arbitress of all thy sad, thy rapturous threnody.

    Collected Poems

  • Eloquent and witty, she was the delight of her neighbors, and their chronicle and arbitress.

    Irish Wit and Humor Anecdote Biography of Swift, Curran, O'Leary and O'Connell

  • Here she reigns supreme, the arbitress of the everlasting weal or woe of untutored infancy.

    The Christian Home

  • He contended that his majesty, by undertaking the office of mediator, would have added lustre to the national character, and have placed Britain in the exalted situation of arbitress of the world.

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. From George III. to Victoria

  • Mr. Trevelyan then related the foregoing sallies to the fair arbitress, who listened with keen relish and enjoyment.

    Lady Rosamond's Secret A Romance of Fredericton

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  • “He had come to France in time to see the sunset of the salon. These periodic teas and suppers, presided over by fashionable and intellectual ladies, where everything from love to philosophy might be discussed, so long as it was done cleverly, had begun to lose their aura of excitement and power. ‘You know, Madame,’ one politician told an arbitress, ‘the reign of women is over.’ ‘Yes, monsieur,’ she answered, ‘but not that of the impertinent.’”

    -- Richard Brookhiser, “Gentleman Revolutionary”, p104 of the Free Press paperback

    September 11, 2011