governoress

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English governeresse, from Old French governeresse; equivalent to governor +‎ -ess.

Noun[edit]

governoress (plural governoresses)

  1. (rare, nonstandard) A woman employed to educate children in private households; a governess.
  2. (rare, nonstandard) A female governor.