- 1889, Charles Brockden Brown, Arthur Mervyn:
- She was my sister, my preceptress and friend; but she died--her end was violent, untimely, and criminal!
- 1896, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Madelon:
- She had married late in life, having been previously a preceptress in a young ladies' school.
From preceptor +"Ž -ess