Definition of adventuress in US English:



  • 1A woman who enjoys or seeks adventure.

    • ‘It's instructive to see her as the aristocratic adventuress in the 18 th-century potboiler The Affair of the Necklace.’
    • ‘No question, she is indomitable, a chronic adventurer - adventuress, if you wish.’
    • ‘For the uninitiated, Charley's an Edwardian adventuress who stowed away on an airship, the R101, and was rescued by The Doctor just before it blew up in flames.’
    • ‘Now you're a space-suited adventuress battling your way toward Earth.’
    • ‘The first film was dumb fun - a computer game-inspired take-off on the Indiana Jones series with Angelina Jolie bringing everyone's favorite PC adventuress, Lara Croft, to life.’
    • ‘This is a quandary that never traps veteran adventuress Dervla Murphy, in a new edition of her epic 1983 trek through the Peruvian Andes with her small daughter and a mule.’
    • ‘It was hard to believe Lana had once thought of her as glamorous, even an adventuress.’
    • ‘In 1871 an English adventuress named Lucy Walker became the first woman to summit the mountain.’
    • ‘When evaluated from this perspective, it's easier to see her less as an adventuress and more as a dichotomy.’
    • ‘Fanny, she discovered, was a pioneer woman, a legendary dynamo and singular adventuress.’
    • ‘Vogue editor, tastemaker, adventuress, she exploded with the style and joie de vivre that every gay man aspires to - or should.’
    • ‘Fabre went on to attack women's clubs, claiming, to much applause, that they were composed of ‘adventuresses, wandering female knights, emancipated girls, and amazons'.’
    • ‘At least Prince Hektor always got what he wanted and the girl of his dreams fawned at his feet, despite her claims of being an independent, man-hating adventuress.’
    social climber, status seeker, would-be, go-getter, self-seeker, adventurer
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    1. 1.1dated A woman who seeks social or financial advancement by dishonest or unscrupulous methods.
      ‘an adventuress who scandalized Victorian England with her multiple marriages’
      • ‘And the aristocrats who have scorned the adventuress are so scared by the rumour of Napoleon's victory they are prepared to give Becky virtually anything to secure their flight.’
      • ‘Not only that, she was a divorced American adventuress who had designs on the popular and charming Prince of Wales.’
      • ‘You could say, with justice, that like Thackeray's adventuress, Tina harbored grand hopes of being presented at Court - only her vision of what constituted a royal audience went far beyond anything Becky ever dreamed of.’
      • ‘Of the six classes of seductress—from plain sirens to adventuresses—which group had the greatest obstacles to overcome?’
      • ‘In many ways, however, they are closer to the heroines and adventuresses who people James's fiction.’
      • ‘She was an adventuress, an impostor, a bigamist and a thief, and, as she used to pose as a noble lady from Germany, she was commonly called the ‘German Princess.’’
      • ‘He manages to cheat the ‘betrayed’ wife, Marilyn, a conniving and cash-hungry adventuress, out of the fortune she had counted on.’
      • ‘Even in death, as in life, the exploits of Mary Robinson, actress and sexual adventuress, sold newspapers.’
      • ‘The rumour-mongers have portrayed me as a hard-bitten political adventuress devoid of all human feeling.’
      • ‘This girl sounds like a cross between a sexual adventuress and a dog.’
      • ‘He probably knew an adventuress when he saw one.’
      • ‘She exudes cool confidence as Gale, every inch a woman and adventuress, always ready with sharp claws and swift kicks to get her point across.’
      • ‘She is being compared with various adventuresses and courtesans in literature, like some of the heartless Balzac heroines or Becky Sharp in Thackeray's Vanity Fair.’
      • ‘Nana is a sexual adventuress who, by becoming the object of desire for men, seeks instead to become the subject of desire by exploiting the place in patriarchy assigned to her through the achievement of wealth and social influence.’
      • ‘Grandfather Ludwig I had been a byword throughout Europe for both maintaining the infamous Spanish dancer and adventuress, Lola Montez as his mistress, and committing unrestrained spending on some splendid civic buildings in Munich.’
      • ‘But, ‘Some five years ago, during a lengthy visit to Warsaw, I made the acquaintance of the well-known adventuress Irene Adler’.’
      • ‘A young thing like you, hanging out with a pack of men off the leash (many of them widowers, I'll be bound) - no wonder they think you're some kind of adventuress.’
      • ‘Later, Lily would go to great lengths to provide proof that she was not an adventuress, and even wrote to her scornful father-in-law boasting of her capacity for hard graft.’