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.
    • 1917, Constance Garnett, An Upheaval, translation of original by Anton Chekhov:
      [Mashenka Pavletsky] returning from a walk to the house of the Kushkins, with whom she was living as a governess, found the household in a terrible turmoil.
  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.