Adress vs. Address - What's the difference?


Adress has no English definition. It can be misspelled.


A description of the location of a person or organization, as written or printed on mail as directions for delivery. The location at which a particular organization or person may be found or reached.


  • went to her address but no one was home.
  • wrote the address on the envelope.

Adress vs. Address


Table of contents

1. Pronunciation
          2.1. Related terms


Table of contents

1. Etymology
          3.1. Synonyms
          3.2. Derived terms
          4.1. Usage notes


1. Pronunciation

2. Noun

adress c

  1. an address; direction or superscription of a letter, or the name, title, and place of residence of the person addressed
  2. a street address
  • adressera
  • adressat
  • adresskalender

3. Anagrams

  • dressa


1. Etymology

From Middle English adressen (to raise erect, adorn), from Old French adrecier (to straighten, address) (modern French adresser), from a- (Latin ad (to)) + drecier (modern French dresser (to straighten, arrange)) < Vulgar Latin *dīrectiō, from Latin dīrectus (straight or right), from the verb dīrigō, itself from regō (to govern, to rule).

2. Pronunciation

  • Noun:
    • (UK) enPR: ədrĕsʹ, IPA(key): /əˈdɹɛs/
    • (US, Canada) enPR: ăʹdrĕs, IPA(key): /ˈæˌdɹɛs/
    • (US, Canada, in some senses) enPR: ədrĕsʹ, IPA(key): /əˈdɹɛs/
  • Verb:
    • (UK, Canada) enPR: ədrĕsʹ, IPA(key): /əˈdɹɛs/
    • (US) enPR: ədrĕsʹ, ădrĕsʹ, IPA(key): /əˈdɹɛs/, /ˌæˈdɹɛs/
    • (US, rare) enPR: ăʹdrĕs, IPA(key): /ˈæˌdɹɛs/
  • Rhymes: -ɛs

3. Noun

address (plural addresses)

  1. Direction or superscription of a letter, or the name, title, and place of residence of the person addressed.
  2. Act of addressing oneself to a person or group; a discourse or speech.
    • 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet, VII:
      Mr. Gregson, who had listened to this address with considerable impatience, could contain himself no longer.
  3. Manner of speaking to another; delivery.
  4. Attention in the way one addresses a lady.
  5. Skill; skillful management; dexterity; adroitness.
    • 1813, "Customs, Manners, and present Appearance of Constantinople", The New Annual Register, or General Repository of History, Politics, and Literature for the year 1812, p. 179 (Google preview):
      At their turning-lathes, they employ their toes to guide the chisel; and, in these pedipulations, shew to Europeans a diverting degree of address.
  6. (obsolete) Act of preparing oneself.
  7. A description of the location of a property.
  8. (by extension) The property itself.
  9. (computing) A location in computer memory.
  10. (Internet) An Internet address; URL.
  11. An email address

3.1. Synonyms

  • adroitness
  • discourse
  • harangue
  • ingenuity
  • lecture
  • oration
  • petition
  • readiness
  • speech
  • tact

3.2. Derived terms

  • subaddress

4. Verb

address (third-person singular simple present addresses, present participle addressing, simple past and past participle addressed or (obsolete) addrest)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To prepare oneself.
    • (Can we date this quote?), William Shakespeare
      Let us address to tend on Hector's heels.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To direct speech.
    • (Can we date this quote?), John Dryden
      Young Turnus to the beauteous maid addrest.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To aim; to direct.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Edmund Spenser
      And this good knight his way with me addrest.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To prepare or make ready.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Edmund Spenser
      His foe was soon addressed.
    • (Can we date this quote?), John Dryden
      Turnus addressed his men to single fight.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Jeremy Taylor
      The five foolish virgins addressed themselves at the noise of the bridegroom's coming.
  5. (transitive, reflexive) To prepare oneself; to apply one's skill or energies (to some object); to betake.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Thomas Babington Macaulay
      These men addressed themselves to the task.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 3
      [] good heavens! dumplings for supper! One young fellow in a green box coat, addressed himself to these dumplings in a most direful manner.
  6. (reflexive) To direct one’s remarks (to someone).
    • 1701, Thomas Brown, Laconics, or New Maxims of State and Conversation, London: Thomas Hodgson, section 76, p. 103,[1]
      In the Reign of King Charles the Second, a certain Worthy Divine at Whitehall, thus Address’d himself to the Auditory at the conclusion of his Sermon.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Volume I, Chapter 11,[2]
      He addressed himself directly to Miss Bennet, with a polite congratulation []
    • 1876, Henry Martyn Robert, Robert’s Rules of Order, Chicago: S.C. Griggs & Co., p. 66, Article V, Section 34,[3]
      When any member is about to speak in debate, he shall rise and respectfully address himself to “Mr. Chairman.”
  7. (transitive, archaic) To clothe or array; to dress.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Jewel
      Tecla ... addressed herself in man's apparel.
  8. (transitive) To direct, as words, to (anyone or anything); to make, as a speech, petition, etc. to (any audience).
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Dryden
      The young hero had addressed his players to him for his assistance.
  9. (transitive) To direct speech to; to make a communication to, whether spoken or written; to apply to by words, as by a speech, petition, etc., to speak to; to accost.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Joseph Addison
      Are not your orders to address the senate?
    • (Can we date this quote?) Jonathan Swift
      The representatives of the nation addressed the king.
  10. (transitive) To direct in writing, as a letter; to superscribe, or to direct and transmit.
  11. (transitive) To make suit to as a lover; to court; to woo.
  12. (transitive) To consign or intrust to the care of another, as agent or factor.
  13. (transitive) To address oneself to; to prepare oneself for; to apply oneself to; to direct one's speech or discourse to.
  14. (transitive, formal) To direct attention towards a problem or obstacle, in an attempt to resolve it.
  15. (intransitive, computing) To refer a location in computer memory.
  16. (golf, transitive) To get ready to hit (the ball on the tee).

4.1. Usage notes

  • The intransitive uses can be understood as omission of the reflexive pronoun.
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