a woman employed in a private home to train and teach a child or children
A woman employed to educate and train the children of a private household.
Origin of governessMiddle English governesse short for governouresse from Old French governeresse feminine of governeor governor from Latin gubernātor ; see gubernatorial .
(third-person singular simple present governesses, present participle governessing, simple past and past participle governessed)
- To work as governess; to educate children in their own home.
From Old French governeresse (“female ruler or administrator”)