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[pawr-ter-is, pohr-] /ˈpɔr tər ɪs, ˈpoʊr-/
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See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • By some slight pretext the abbess had had the precaution to remove the porteress.

    The Rebel Chief Gustave Aimard
  • And the porteress brushed down the fringe of the wig over her forehead.

    The conquest of Rome Matilde Serao
  • So saying, he placed a franc in the fat, dirty hand of the porteress.

  • Had Grandier bribed the porteress or ventured to climb the walls?

  • I wait a little longer, and presently the porteress opens the door.

  • "That silly Sister Agnes has forgotten the strawberry jam," she said, when the porteress brought in the tea.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • The porteress took the plates away, and somehow Evelyn could not help feeling that she was giving a good deal of trouble.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • "Let us see what it is about," said the porteress, taking the epistle in the scented envelope.

  • Fanny Bolton is one, the porteress's daughter, who has heard tell of her mother's theatrical glories, which she longs to emulate.

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • There is not a porteress who has not many times enlightened insurance agents.

    The Exploits of Juve

    Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain

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