Definition of shepherdess in English:

shepherdess

Pronunciation: /ˌʃɛpəˈdɛs//ˈʃɛpədəs/

noun

  • 1A female shepherd.

    • ‘Faced with being reacquainted with his wife after nearly a decade, Mark Antony has his way with a passing shepherdess.’
    • ‘The people we met were like the cast from an old faery tale: bearded woodcutters sat chatting in clearings of the forest; cowherds and shepherdesses wandered past with their flocks, shy and silent.’
    • ‘She has always wanted to be a shepherdess… despite suffering from Spina Bifida and despite the fact that her collie dog was afraid of sheep.’
    • ‘Don Quijote declared her wise and innocent of the dead man's death and with his hand on his sword instructed that no one should follow her; but instead honor her wish to be left alone with the shepherdesses and her flock.’
    • ‘She was a self-employed shepherdess who had been driving the tractor for 10 years in her job.’
    • ‘In the US, however, the European pastoral ideal, rooted in Virgil's bucolic visions of an unchanging Arcadia of shepherds and shepherdesses, has been transmuted by the capitalistic impetus.’
    • ‘You are, after all, my darling shepherdess who cries wolf.’
    • ‘Indeed, this exhibition falls fast on the heels of Victoria Crowe's paintings celebrating the life of a Scottish shepherdess.’
    • ‘In the country pursuits section there will be falconry displays and terrier, beagle and foxhound demonstrations including one by shepherdess Katy Cropper, of BBC's One Man and his Dog.’
    • ‘The shepherds and shepherdesses, distressed with the cold, sought Krishna for refuge.’
    • ‘She altered the composition by shifting the house to the right and filling in the left with a bucolic scene of a shepherd and shepherdess with a small flock of sheep.’
    • ‘We stayed in the magnificent Hotel Trianon which is situated in the grounds of Versailles on the spot of a long-abandoned farm where Marie-Antoinette used to play at being a shepherdess.’
    • ‘Thus, while she will produce sensitive studies of the everyday life of the shepherdess, in her larger canvasses Crowe will show us a Roman coin alongside the moon, man-made artefacts of all ages transposed with natural objects.’
    • ‘Suddenly, she decides to spend her time as a shepherdess caring for her own flocks and now everyone can see her.’
    • ‘The craze for the pastoral even reached the Court, where queen Marie-Antoinette dressed herself and her courtiers up as shepherds and shepherdesses.’
    • ‘Diaghilev celebrates the pure, youthful love of a shepherd and shepherdess that triumphs over the wickedness of pirates who kidnap Chloe and the seduction of Daphnis by worldly older woman, Lykanion.’
    • ‘Dianne, who is a shepherdess on the family farm, told the hearing: ‘We moved forwards towards the crossing and paused before setting off.’’
    • ‘She had been a shepherdess and used to rattle the gate to call her sheep home.’
    • ‘As I write there comes vividly to mind a chilly, mid-August morning in the Arizona plateau country, where two Navajo shepherdesses left their straggling flock to share in the warmth of our camp fire and to pass the time of day.’
    • ‘Robin Hood invites the shepherds and shepherdesses of the Vale of Belvoir to a feast in Sherwood Forest, but the feast is marred by the arts of the witch Maudlin, aided by her familiar, Puck-Hairy.’
    herdsman, herdswoman, shepherd boy, shepherdess
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    1. 1.1 An idealized or romanticized rustic young woman in pastoral literature.
      • ‘Subsequently, Pastorella is revealed to be the offspring of her secret marriage with Beallamoure, a revelation that suddenly ennobles the socially hazardous bond between the shepherdess Pastorella and the courtly Calidore.’
      • ‘For starters, Joan the humble shepherdess is a romantic fancy.’
      • ‘Peasants and shepherdesses make a charming ensemble.’
      • ‘They have a good time discussing their nicknames, and those of the necessary shepherdesses.’
      • ‘Boucher's cupidons bear the family traits of their elder sisters, Boucher's nymphs and shepherdesses: a plump litheness; long-lashed wide ingenuous eyes; small light-tipped noses.’
      • ‘A hundred years before Bushnell gave his speech, New England gifts were embroidering frolicking lambs and winsome shepherdesses on needlework pictures and samplers.’
      • ‘Dulcinea, the ballerina role, appears in many guises (devoted servant girl, proud shepherdess, guardian spirit, damsel in distress, Madonna).’
      • ‘Boucher's shepherdesses are not quite those manufactured in Nymphenburg and Meissen, although their complexions have something of the translucency of porcelain, whilst his herdsmen are streamlined terracotta.’
      • ‘The idle pleasure of the shepherd and shepherdess would have reminded seventeenth-century viewers of the human condition in an uncultivated environment.’
      • ‘The requests were the old ones: portraits of pretty mistresses done up as Arcadian shepherdesses, Virgins with downcast eyes and brilliant blue cloaks, sentimentalised pictures of the Infant Christ.’
      • ‘The funniest was of Phoebe, the young shepherdess who had fallen in love with Rosalind in her male guise.’
      • ‘The most important subjects are pastoral scenes of shepherdesses, landscapes, and animals; historical, literary and romantic themes; and themes inspired by antiquity.’
      • ‘Nero's Domus Aurea was one; Marie Antoinette's life as a shepherdess another.’
      • ‘The style in question has nothing to do with nymphs and shepherdesses, but instead with 60s pop and up-to-date optimism.’
      • ‘The central panel, depicting a shepherdess, is framed by borders of flowers and animals.’
      • ‘In Boucher, Olympians, dryads and shepherdesses are interchangeable.’
      • ‘The original libretto is lost, although it is known that the ballet featured Cupid, a game of blind man's buff, and a trio of shepherdesses, one of whom is disguised as a man.’

Pronunciation:

shepherdess

/ˌʃɛpəˈdɛs//ˈʃɛpədəs/