[pawr-tris, pohr-]


a woman who has charge of a door or gate; a female doorkeeper.

Also porteress.

Origin of portress

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at porter2, -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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a female porter, esp a doorkeeper
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