governess

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French governeresse ‎(female ruler or administrator)

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Noun[edit]

governess ‎(plural governesses, masculine governor)

  1. A woman paid to educate children in their own home.
  2. (rare) A female governor.

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Verb[edit]

governess ‎(third-person singular simple present governesses, present participle governessing, simple past and past participle governessed)

  1. To work as governess; to educate children in their own home.