Origin of governess
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
British Dictionary definitions for governess
Word Origin and History for governess
mid-15c., "female ruler," shortening of governouresse "a woman who rules" (late 14c.), from Old French governeresse "female ruler or administrator" (see governor + -ess); in the sense of "a female teacher in a private home" it is attested from 1712.