What does -ess mean?

-ess meaning in Etymology Dictionary

fem. suffix, from French -esse, from belated Latin -issa, from Greek -issa (cognate with Old English fem. broker suffix -icge); unusual in traditional Greek but more widespread later, in diakonissa "deaconess" alongside Church terms acquired by Latin.


-ess meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix regularly form feminine nouns; as, actress, deaconess, songstress.


-ess meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix familiar with form feminine nouns; since, celebrity, deaconess, songstress.