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aviator +‎ -trix



aviatrix (plural aviatrices or aviatrixes)

  1. (dated) A female aviator.
    • 1969, William Dana Orcutt, Celebrities Off Parade: Pen-and-ink Portrait Sketches[1], →ISBN, page 111:
      “... — Did you know that she was an aviatrix?” he interjected.
    • 1987, Pat Browne, Heroines of Popular Culture[2], →ISBN, page 54:
      The Women Flyers: From Aviatrix to Astronaut
    • 2001, Roger E. Bilstein, Flight in America: From the Wrights to the Astronauts[3], →ISBN, page 22:
      Hariet Quimby, a writer for Leslie's Weekly, in 1911 became the first American aviatrix and won international accalim in 1912 as the first woman to pilot a plan across the English Channel.
    • 2002, Deena Mandrell, Deadbeat Dads: Subjectivity and Social Construction[4], →ISBN, page 307:
      In 1929 she turned an ide that she ‘stole’ from her son into a screenplay, Wings in the Dark, featuring a protagonist based on Ameria Earhart, the famous aviatrix with whom Shipman was acquainted...
    • 2018 summary of 2009 film Amelia
      From the time she first sits in the pilot's seat, aviatrix Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) feels destined to achieve great things.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In common usage, the etymologically-consistent plural form aviatrices is over three times more common than the Anglicised plural form aviatrixes.[1]



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