Governess meaning

gŭv'ər-nĭs
A woman paid to educate children in their own home.
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To work as governess; to educate children in their own home.
verb
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A woman employed to educate and train the children of a private household.
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A woman employed in a private home to train and teach a child or children.
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Origin of governess

  • Middle English governesse short for governouresse from Old French governeresse feminine of governeor governor from Latin gubernātor gubernatorial
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French governeresse (“female ruler or administrator”)
    From Wiktionary