auditress

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

auditor +‎ -ess

Noun[edit]

auditress (plural auditresses)

  1. (dated) A female hearer.
    • Milton, Paradise Lost, Book VIII, lines 48-51
      Yet went she not, as not with such discourse / Delighted or not capable her ear / Of what was night: such pleasure she reserved, / Adam relating, she sole auditress
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, 1st edition, chapter XIV, page 253
      I have forbidden Adèle to talk to me about her presents, and she is bursting with repletion; have the goodness to serve her as auditress and interlocutrice: