benefactress

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ben·e·fac·tress

 (bĕn′ə-făk′trĭs)
n.
A woman who gives aid, especially financial aid.

ben•e•fac•tress

(ˈbɛn əˌfæk trɪs, ˌbɛn əˈfæk-)

n.
a woman who confers a benefit, bequest, or endowment.
[1425–75]
usage: See -ess.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.benefactress - a woman benefactorbenefactress - a woman benefactor      
benefactor, helper - a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)

benefactress

noun
A person who gives to a charity or cause:
Translations

benefactress

[ˈbenɪfæktrɪs] Nbienhechora f, benefactora f

benefactress

[ˈbenɪfæktrɪs] nbienfaitrice f

benefactress

nWohltäterin f; (= giver of money also)Gönnerin f

benefactress

[ˈbɛnɪˌfæktrɪs] nbenefattrice f
References in periodicals archive ?
Then there was Louisa Ryland R House (named after one of Birmingham's greatest benefactresses) right next door to the magnificent Birmingham School of Art in Margaret Street/Edmund Street.
In other cases, almshouses and hospices are named after women as benefactresses. When one starts looking, women appear to be well represented, but there is little detailed information about these women provided for their tourist audience.
So far as I have had any opportunity of making personal observations on their general character they appear to me obedient wives, dutiful daughters, affectionate mothers, kind mistresses, sincere friends, and liberal benefactresses to the distressed poor.