• WordNet 3.6
    • n foundress a woman founder
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Foundress A female founder; a woman who founds or establishes, or who endows with a fund.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n foundress A female founder; a woman who founds or establishes, as a charitable institution, or who endows with a fund, as a school or a hospital.
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In literature:

This fated sign their foundress Juno gave, Of a soil fruitful, and a people brave.
"The Aeneid" by Virgil
She took refuge behind a lofty and magnificent Tomb, erected in honour of the Convent's Foundress.
"The Monk; a romance" by M. G. Lewis
We will accept the Scolia as the pioneer, the foundress of the first principles of the art.
"Bramble-bees and Others" by J. Henri Fabre
Madame de Maintenon received much praise and incense as the foundress of this community.
"The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete" by Madame La Marquise De Montespan
An interview between General Charles Lee, of the Revolution, and his sister, the foundress and mother of the sect of Shakers.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 109, November, 1866" by Various
This magnificent collection was now lost, a loss more lamentable than that of the foundress' estates.
"St. John's College, Cambridge" by Robert Forsyth Scott
Madame Zamoyska, born Zahorowska, was the foundress of this community: she copied it from that existing at Remiremont, in Lorraine.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 5, November, 1863" by Various
At the feet of the saint kneels the foundress, his sister Bitcula.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Then how would it be possible that the foundress of a hospital should be overlooked?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 98, May 24, 1890" by Various
The soul of the foundress, the domineering spirit of the governess, is everywhere perceptible.
"Priests, Women, and Families" by J. Michelet

In poetry:

Sister Bourgeois’ daughters have nobly all
Responded unto her gracious call;
Through sunshine and joy, through storm and pain—
In one unfailing, unbroken chain
Of teachers devoted—nought left undone
To fulfil the task by their foundress begun.
"Sister M. B.’s Arrival In Montreal , 1654." by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

I was lucky enough to have time for a stop at Mercy International Centre, the first house of mercy established by Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.
Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor .