poetess

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Etymology[edit]

poet +‎ -ess

Noun[edit]

poetess (plural poetesses)

  1. (dated) a female poet

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Usage notes[edit]

'Poetess' is rare in contemporary usage according to which both sexes are known normally as 'poets'. The Latin term for a female poet was poetria, derived from the Ancient Greek ποιήτρια, which still means "female poet" in Modern Greek. "Female poet" is the more usual modern translation where the gendered form in the original language is preserved.