- -ess1suffix forming nouns denoting female gender: abbess.Originfrom Fr. -esse, via late L. from Gk -issa.UsageIn modern English, there are few new words coined with the suffix -ess. Many existing feminine forms (e.g. poetess, authoress) are likely to be regarded as old-fashioned or sexist and avoided in favour of the ‘neutral’ base form (e.g. poet, author).————————-ess2suffix forming abstract nouns from adjectives, such as largess.OriginME via Fr. -esse from L. -itia.
English new terms dictionary. 2014.