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  1. a female student who helps keep order or assists a teacher in school.
  2. a girl or woman who admonishes, especially with reference to conduct.
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Origin of monitress

First recorded in 1740–50; monit(o)r + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for monitress

Historical Examples

  • But it is so discouraging a thing to have my monitress so very good!

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • A monitress is just one of ourselves, only with authority that we all allow.

  • She doesn't belong to the school, so it isn't like telling a teacher or a monitress.

  • Time was too precious to be wasted, and the monitress was something of a disciplinarian.

  • Trembling from head to foot, Evelyn turned and clung to the monitress.