from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman who hunts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A female hunter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman who hunts or follows the chase.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman who hunts or follows the chase.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woman hunter


From hunter +‎ -ess, possibly on the model of the likes of mistress. (Wiktionary)



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  • Each ant of the colony is a huntress, for the society is a wholly carnivorous one. Her prey is pursued individually in underground fastnesses, is seized and stung to death, and, if the huntress be famished, she ceases for a time to be a social insect at all, and forthwith settles down to devour the catch.

    - Caryl P. Haskins, Of Ants and Men, 1939, p. 30

    December 4, 2008