Is the word brewer used both for male and female? or is there a female name for it too? I would like to know.

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There is no special female form for "brewer." Here is a definition of the term from


brewer - someone who brews beer or ale from malt and hops and water

The term "brewer" is gender-neutral. There is another term, "brewmaster," which, according to the Random House Dictionary of the English Language (1977) has no feminine form.

In general, the -ess ending for female members of an occupation (as in actress, poetess, sculptress, stewardess) has been dropped. The American Heritage Book of English Usage: A Practical and Authoritative Guide to Contemporary English (1996) states:

"For occupational titles, the use of -ess is usually considered inappropriate and has been almost completely replaced by newly formed gender-neutral compounds or by the -er/-or forms."

"Brewer," however, has never had a feminine form.

Marilyn Martin

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