From Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



From Middle English scheperdesse, shepperdesse; equivalent to shepherd +‎ -ess.


shepherdess (plural shepherdesses, masculine shepherd)

  1. A female shepherd.
    • 1709, Anthony Aston, The Coy Shepherdess[1], page 18:
    • 1763, Select Moral Tales. (The Good Mother, The Shepherdess of the Alps)[2], page 83:
      I thought it a crime to refuse nature the maintenance of a life much more grievous than death. I changed my* dress for the simple habit of a shepherdess, and embraced this state as my only refuge; since that time all my consolation has been to weep over this grave, which shall be my own.
    • 1778, The Dramatick Works of Beaumont and Fletcher[3], page 115:
      A Faithful Shepherdess
    • September 2014, New York Film Festival to Revive Paul Grimault’s Animated Classic IndieWire
      the satirical The King And The Mockingbird follows a chimney sweep and shepherdess on the run from a tyrannical king
    • November 2014, It’s Taken Decades, But the Surreal Animated Film The King and the Mockingbird Is Finally Here Vulture
      The king is in love with a beautiful shepherdess in a painting on his wall, but she herself is in love with the handsome chimney sweep in the painting beside her.
  2. A large and deep armchair with a cushion.


Derived terms[edit]