n.1.A woman invested with authority to command.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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She had in fact started to play these parts earlier: one of her first recorded roles (November 1670) is Daranthe, 'Chief Commandress of the Amazons', in Edward Howard's The Women's Conquest.
which Clodia, the commandress par excellence, is juxtaposed with Helen,
And the blasphemous notion that Cardiff should merge with Ponty has brought the Valley Commandresses out fighting.