electress

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Etymology[edit]

From elector +‎ -ess.

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electress (plural electresses)

  1. (rare) A woman who can vote in an election. [from 17th c.]
  2. (now historical) The wife of a German elector, often used as a title. [from 17th c.]
    • 1938, CV Wedgwood, The Thirty Years War, NYRB 2005, p. 63:
      The Electress Magdalena Sybilla was a woman of character, virtuous, kind, conventional and managing.