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  1. a woman who is a warder.
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Origin of wardress

First recorded in 1815–25; ward(e)r1 + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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Historical Examples of wardress

  • At least I gathered as much from the alarmed expression of the wardress who accompanied him.

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    Emmeline Pankhurst

  • A wardress ran up to us, saying: "I shall listen to everything you say."

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    Emmeline Pankhurst

  • By and by a wardress came to the door and threw me a blanket.

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    Emmeline Pankhurst

  • She frankly behaved as a wardress in a prison, and Winifred as frankly accepted the rôle of prisoner.

  • I suppose his mother went around in a black alpaca and wore her hair like a wardress in a jail.