poetess

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Etymology[edit]

poet +‎ -ess

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poetess (plural poetesses)

  1. (dated) A female poet.

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 poētria, derived from the Ancient Greek ποιήτρια (poiḗtria), 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.

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