governess

[ guhv-er-nis ]
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noun
  1. a woman who is employed to take charge of a child's upbringing, education, etc.

  2. Archaic. a woman who is a ruler or governor.

Origin of governess

1
1400–50; late Middle English governeress<Old French gouverneresse, feminine of gouverneurgovernor; see -ess

usage note For governess

See -ess.

Other words from governess

  • gov·er·ness·y, adjective
  • sub·gov·ern·ess, noun
  • un·der·gov·ern·ess, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for governess

governess

/ (ˈɡʌvənɪs) /


noun
  1. a woman teacher employed in a private household to teach and train the children

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