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- 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.
- (rare) A female governor.
- governoress (rare)
woman paid to educate children in their own home
- To work as governess; to educate children in their own home.