Definition of defendress in English:

defendress

noun

rare
  • A female defender, protector, or guardian.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Lydgate (c1370–c1449), poet and prior of Hatfield Regis. From Anglo-Norman defenderesse, Middle French deffenderesse (French défenderesse) female defender or protector, female defendant in a legal action or suit, feminine form corresponding to défendeur.

Pronunciation

defendress

/dɪˈfɛndrɪs/