Definition of villainess in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈvilənəs/


(In a film, novel, or play) a female character whose evil actions or motives are important to the plot: she’s portrayed as a glowering villainess, accompanied by ominous music as she enters
More example sentences
  • While villainesses appear in Rockford, they were few and far between - more often guilty of a scam than a murder.
  • The character of Millie, Eder says, remains a villainess rivaled only by Lady Macbeth in all of English theater and film.
  • In 1977, she turned down the opportunity to play villainess Ursa in Superman: The Movie.


Late 16th century: from villain + -ess1.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: vil·lain·ess

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.