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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.]
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(Education) a woman teacher employed in a private household to teach and train the children
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gov•ern•ess(ˈgʌv ər nɪs)
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]
usage: See -ess.
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