- a woman who has charge of a door or gate; a female doorkeeper.
Origin of portress
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Examples from the Web for portress
I ran, rang, and being recognized by the portress, was at once admitted.Wilfrid Cumbermede
The portress at the house in the Rue Montmartre is the most obliging woman in the world.The Champdoce Mystery
And the portress looked as though she were resolved to obey her master's orders.The Bertrams
The portress was expecting him, and he was admitted without a word.
The sisters are asleep, except the portress, who will be far away.
- a female porter, esp a doorkeeper
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