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[pri-sep-tris, pree-sep-]
  1. a woman who is an instructor; teacher; tutor.
  2. a woman who is the head of a school.
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Origin of preceptress

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for preceptress

Historical Examples

  • "There is not the need that you should render yourself his preceptress," he said, with his deadly smile.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • She addresses her preceptress as mother and the other women as sisters.

  • The Preceptress of the National College was the leading scientist of the country.

    Mizora: A Prophecy

    Mary E. Bradley

  • I pledged myself to abide by any request the Preceptress might make of me.

    Mizora: A Prophecy

    Mary E. Bradley

  • It developed upon the Preceptress to break the news to the afflicted mother.

    Mizora: A Prophecy

    Mary E. Bradley