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governess

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noun gov·ern·ess \ˈgə-vər-nəs\

Simple Definition of governess

  • : a woman who is paid to care for and teach a child in the child's house

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of governess

  1. 1 :  a woman who governs

  2. 2 :  a woman who cares for and supervises a child especially in a private household

15th Century

First Known Use of governess

15th century


GOVERNESS Defined for Kids

governess

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noun gov·ern·ess \ˈgə-vər-nəs\

Definition of governess for Students

  1. :  a woman who teaches and trains a child especially in a private home




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