from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A city woman: feminine of cit.
  • noun A female citizen: a translation of the French citoyenne in use during the French revolutionary period.

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

  • noun rare A city woman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete A city woman.


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cit +‎ -ess


  • Yankees called each other _citizen_, invented the feminine _citess_, and proposed changing our old calendar for the Ventose and Fructidor arrangement of the one and indivisible republic.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 21, July, 1859

  • citess’, ‘divineress’ (both in Dryden); ‘deaness’ (Sterne);

    English Past and Present

  • "citizen" became as common in Philadelphia as in Paris; and in the newspapers it was the fashion to announce marriages as partnerships between "Citizen" Brown, Smith, or Jones, and the "citess," who had been wooed to such an association.

    Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3.


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