Definitionposition, wealth, etc., by equivocal and unscrupulous means. See playgirl for synonyms.
(1) Charlie Pike (Henry Fonda) and Jean Harrington (Barbara Stanwyck) in The Lady Eve (1941):
-- Charlie: ' Are you an adventuress? '
-- Jean: ' Of course I am. All women are. They have to be. If you waited for a man to propose to you from natural courses, you'd die of old maidenhood.'
(2) Geraldine Jeffers (Claudette Colbert) leaving her husband Tom (Joel McCrea) in The Palm Beach Story (1942):
-- Gerry: ' I may not get married again. I might become an adventuress.'
-- Tom: ' I can just see you starting for China on a twenty-six foot sailboat.'
-- Gerry: ' You're thinking of an adventurer, dear. An adventuress never goes on anything under three hundred feet with a crew of eighty.'
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