from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female commander.
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Realising how piqued a proper man CEO might be, if he accidentally talked to a female captainess of industry thinking she was a wife, Davos gives out special wife-of-delegate badges, where the affiliation is left blank to indicate your lady-worthlessness.
‘captainess’ (Sidney); ‘saintess’ (Sir T. Urquhart); ‘heroess’,