n.1.A female defender.
Defendress of the faith.
- Stow.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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If gracious Anne was alive, she would make an admirable defendress of the new faith, and build fifty more churches for female proselytes" (Letter 2, March 23, 1749).