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 (pôr′trĭs) also por·ter·ess (-tər-ĭs)
A woman doorkeeper or porter, especially in a convent.


a female porter, esp a doorkeeper


(ˈpɔr trɪs, ˈpoʊr-)

a woman who has charge of a door or gate; woman porter.
usage: See -ess.


[ˈpɔːtrɪs] Nportera f
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This, then, was my first glimpse of the garden; but I had not time to look long, the portress, after having answered in the affirmative my question as to whether her mistress was at home, opened the folding-doors of a room to the left, and having ushered me in, closed them behind me.
The portress could not tell him whether Madame de Cintre was visible; he would please to apply at the farther door.
The first thing she said to me, 'I wouldn't have recognized you, Rita,' and I said, 'What a funny dress you have, Therese, more fit for the portress of a convent than for this house.
Miss Minnie is not down yet, gentlemen,' said the blushing portress, as they all came together in the garden.
The abbess held one key while the portress kept the other; the Clares took their vows of enclosure very seriously.
For the next few years Rosa served as a portress of the Carmelite monastery in Echt.
84) During her three years at the convent as cook, portress, and lay sister, Guglielma continually heals those who come to her and develops a great reputation for miracles.
MARY BEARDSHALL, of Avon Street, Stoke, was a hospital porter, or portress, as women were called back in 1941.
Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust (Minneapolis: Portress Press, 1999).
in particular his Christ in a Pluralistic Age (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1975); and idem, Beyond Dialogue (Philadelphia, PA: Portress Press, 1982).
Sisters Martha, Lucy, and Bede tended to housekeeping duties in the 1880s while Sister Perpetua dusted the chapel and Sister Petrenella was portress.