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 History of this Word

"ess" is from "issa" (female) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.


In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"-ess" is a type of suffix


A word ending that indicates woman or girl. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-ess illustration She won the best supporting actress award.
-ess illustration Cases of lionesses showing maternal affection for animals they would normally see as prey are not unprecedented.