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suffix -ess pronunciation in British English /ɪs/ -ess pronunciation in British English /əs/
  1. 1
    used with some nouns to make nouns referring to women

    actress (=a woman who acts in plays, films etc)

    waitress (=a woman who serves people in a restaurant)

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  2. 2
    used with some nouns to make nouns meaning a female animal

    lioness

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