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governess

[ guhv-er-nis ]
/ ˈgʌv ər nɪs /
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noun

a woman who is employed to take charge of a child's upbringing, education, etc.
Archaic. a woman who is a ruler or governor.

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Origin of governess

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, adjectivesub·gov·ern·ess, nounun·der·gov·ern·ess, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for governess

governess
/ (ˈɡʌvənɪs) /

noun

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