Definitions

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  • n. A female arbiter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A female arbiter; an arbitratrix.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female arbiter: as, an arbitress of fashion.

Etymologies

arbiter +‎ -ess (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • “He had come to France in time to see the sunset of the salon. These periodic teas and suppers, presided over by fashionable and intellectual ladies, where everything from love to philosophy might be discussed, so long as it was done cleverly, had begun to lose their aura of excitement and power. ‘You know, Madame,’ one politician told an arbitress, ‘the reign of women is over.’ ‘Yes, monsieur,’ she answered, ‘but not that of the impertinent.’”
    -- Richard Brookhiser, “Gentleman Revolutionary”, p104 of the Free Press paperback

    September 11, 2011