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gov·er·ness

 (gŭv′ər-nĭs)
n.
A woman employed to educate and train the children of a private household.

[Middle English governesse, short for governouresse, from Old French governeresse, feminine of governeor, governor, from Latin gubernātor; see gubernatorial.]

governess

(ˈɡʌvənɪs)
n
(Education) a woman teacher employed in a private household to teach and train the children

gov•ern•ess

(ˈgʌv ər nɪs)

n.
1. a woman employed in a private household to take charge of a child's upbringing and education.
2. Archaic. a woman who is a ruler or governor.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Old French]
gov′er•ness•y, adj.
usage: See -ess.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.governess - a woman entrusted with the care and supervision of a child (especially in a private home)governess - a woman entrusted with the care and supervision of a child (especially in a private home)
instructor, teacher - a person whose occupation is teaching

governess

noun tutor, teacher He studied under the strict tutelage of his English governess.
Translations
guvernanta

governess

[ˈgʌvənɪs] Ninstitutriz f, gobernanta f

governess

[ˈgʌvərnəs] ngouvernante f

governess

nGouvernante f, → Hauslehrerin f

governess

[ˈgʌvnɪs] ngovernante f, istitutrice f
References in classic literature ?
I forgot that English people rather turn up their noses at governesses and don't treat them as we do," said Meg, looking after the retreating figure with an annoyed expression.
The young English governess who came to teach her to read and write disliked her so much that she gave up her place in three months, and when other governesses came to try to fill it they always went away in a shorter time than the first one.
This was evidently not one of the forlorn, persecuted, pitiably dependent order of governesses.
Yet as the evening of Sunday came on, a sadness as of death would overtake me, for at nine o'clock I had to return to school, where everything was cold and strange and severe--where the governesses, on Mondays, lost their tempers, and nipped my ears, and made me cry.
Nevertheless, one or two of the most excellent women I have ever known, have been French governesses, though I do not choose to reveal what this particular individual of the class turned out to be in the end, until the moment for the denouement of her character shall regularly arrive.
Lady Battledown makes all her governesses take the same name; she gives œ5 more a year for the purpose.
There is a well-known agency for governesses in the West End called Westaway's, and there I used to call about once a week in order to see whether anything had turned up which might suit me.
The sentimental adventures of governesses in ducal houses--the heroine of
However this may be, the gay P-- brought up the orphan like a prince, provided him with tutors and governesses (pretty, of course
After them other couples followed, filling the whole dining hall, and last of all the children, tutors, and governesses followed singly.
The terrible results which governesses had predicted from such mental dissipation were certainly apparent now that Cassandra was twenty-two, and had never passed an examination, and daily showed herself less and less capable of passing one.