Governess Definition

gŭvər-nĭs
governesses
noun
A woman employed in a private home to train and teach a child or children.
Webster's New World
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verb
To work as governess; to educate children in their own home.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Governess

Noun

Singular:
governess
Plural:
governesses

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

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