portress

[ pawr-tris, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr trɪs, ˈpoʊr- /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. portrait of the artist as a young man,
  2. portraitist,
  3. portraiture,
  4. portray,
  5. portrayal,
  6. portside,
  7. portsider,
  8. portsmouth,
  9. portugal,
  10. portuguese

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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British Dictionary definitions for portress

portress

/ (ˈpɔːtrɪs) /

noun

a female porter, esp a doorkeeper
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