Definition of Governess

1. Noun. A woman entrusted with the care and supervision of a child (especially in a private home).

Generic synonyms: Instructor, Teacher



Definition of Governess

1. n. A female governor; a woman invested with authority to control and direct; especially, one intrusted with the care and instruction of children, -- usually in their homes.

Definition of Governess

1. Noun. A woman paid to educate children in their own home. ¹

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

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Governess

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Medical Definition of Governess

1. A female governor; a woman invested with authority to control and direct; especially, one intrusted with the care and instruction of children, usually in their homes. Origin: Cf. OF. Governeresse. See Governor. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Governess

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Literary usage of Governess

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1. No Name: A Novel by Wilkie Collins (1863)
"The youngest—a girl of eight or nine years old—flew into a child's vehement passion, cried, screamed, and even kicked at the governess. ..."

2. Armadale by Wilkie Collins (1866)
"Repeated intrusions on the major, when the governess happened to be in the same room ... Stealthy watching and listening at the governess's bedroom door, ..."

3. Practical Forms of Agreements Relating to Sales and Purchases by Henry Moore (1884)
"Or,—and that the said (governess) shall have the entire charge [and control] of the said children during the time of such tuition [with full power to ..."

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