Origin of governess
Related formsgov·er·ness·y, adjectivesub·gov·ern·ess, nounun·der·gov·ern·ess, noun
Examples from the Web for governess
Governess: A young woman who was typically employed by wealthy families to care for and privately educate their children.
Victoria Winters: An orphan who is engaged by the Collins family as a governess for young David Collins.
The girl would become Victoria Winters, an orphan hired by the Collins Family as a governess for the troubled young heir.
Later she got a job as governess to the illegitimate children that Louis XIV had fathered with another mistress.
Miss Winstead, the governess, resumed her letter, and a clock on the mantelpiece struck out seven silvery chimes.Daddy's Girl|L. T. Meade
Glancing idly into her mirror, she saw far away, like a little moving picture, the governess cart come into view.Manslaughter|Alice Duer Miller
When she stammered in reading, the governess looked at the prince and laughed aloud.Memoirs of Leonora Christina|Leonora Christina Ulfeldt
And now here come all my governess troubles back upon my shoulders once more.Faith and Unfaith|Duchess
You read my credentials—you inquired as to my former situations at the Governess Institute where you engaged me.A Coin of Edward VII|Fergus Hume