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- n. Alternative form of commanderess.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A woman invested with authority to command.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman invested with supreme authority; a female commander.
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Leucothoe, till he came in presence of Milaene, she was the commandress of his heart, till he saw Galatea: but (as  she complains) he loved another eftsoons, another, and another.
She is nulli secunda, a rare creature, a phoenix, the sole commandress of his thoughts, queen of his desires, his only delight: as  Triton now feelingly sings, that lovesick sea-god:
That evening D'Aulney hung the traitorous Swiss, and proposed honorable terms, if the brave commandress would surrender.
QUOTATION: Fortune, the great commandress of the world,
I know not what else I may tell you, dear sir, but that from this instant that Heaven made us neighbours, and that I saw Donna Clara, your daughter and my lady, I made her commandress of my will; and if yours, my true lord and father, do not hinder it, she shall be my spouse this very day.
My own little heroine was manager, eye, inventress, commandress, guiding head and soul of everything; and made
(Hakewell); ‘commandress’ (Burton); ‘monarchess’, ‘discipless’ (Speed);
The vessel sailed, and put to sea without being molested, when the intrepid commandress consoled the affrighted ladies, related to them her own adventures, and assured them that when she should have rejoined her lover, they should, if they chose it, be honourably restored to their homes; but in the mean time she hoped they would contentedly share her fortunes.
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The still commandress of the silent night Borrows her beams from her bright brother's eye;