One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A female rider or performer on horseback.
- ‘She has an equestrienne profile with boot and jodhpurs as two essential items.’
- ‘In fact, Larasati had long harbored a secret desire to become a professional equestrienne.’
- ‘Fanny was, by all accounts, a fine equestrienne smartly turned out as she sought every opportunity to ride.’
- ‘Fellow school pupil and outstanding equestrienne Sam Magennis, also 16, is making a name for herself in the world of eventing.’
Mid 19th century: alteration of equestrian, on the pattern of feminine nouns such as Parisienne.
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