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auditor +‎ -ess


auditress (plural auditresses)

  1. (dated) A female hearer.
    • 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; (Paradise Lost, Book VIII, lns. 48-51)

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