guardess

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

guard +‎ -ess

Noun[edit]

guardess (plural guardesses)

  1. (dated or rare) A female guard.
    • 1864, Sir Richard Francis Burton, A Mission to Gelele, King of Dahome, volume 1, page 254:
      The gala-dress of the guardesses was decent, and not uncomely. A narrow fillet of blue or white cotton bound the hair, and the bosom was concealed by a sleeveless waistcoat of various colours []
    • 2011, Sue Tilley, Leigh Bowery: The Life and Times of an Icon
      One day Trojan was sitting on the sofa when Leigh came into the room dressed as Else Kochs, a German concentration camp guardess []

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