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preceptress

[pri-sep-tris, pree-sep-] /prɪˈsɛp trɪs, ˈpri sɛp-/
noun
1.
a woman who is an instructor; teacher; tutor.
2.
a woman who is the head of a school.
Origin of preceptress
Usage note
See -ess.
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  • "There is not the need that you should render yourself his preceptress," he said, with his deadly smile.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • She addresses her preceptress as mother and the other women as sisters.

  • The preceptress of the National College was the leading scientist of the country.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • It developed upon the preceptress to break the news to the afflicted mother.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • I pledged myself to abide by any request the preceptress might make of me.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • I questioned the preceptress as to the possibility of its ever being discovered?

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • I made some such observation to the preceptress, and she admitted its correctness.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • I noticed with what honor and high esteem the name of the preceptress was regarded.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • My preceptress eyed me sternly, and waxed anew the thread of her discourse.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
  • If they did not their failure certainly could not be laid at the door of their preceptress.

    As I Remember Marian Gouverneur

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