governante

noun
gov·​er·​nante | \ ˈgəvə(r)nənt \
variants: or gouvernante \ ˈgüv-​ , ¦güv-​ \
plural -s

Definition of governante

1 archaic : a woman having charge of a young person : chaperone sense 2, governess sense 2 attended by … an old gentlewoman for her governante— Jedidiah Morse
2 archaic : the mistress of a household : housekeeper
3 obsolete : governess sense 1 the government devolved upon the princess, as governante during her son's minority— Tobias Smollett

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History and Etymology for governante

French gouvernante, from feminine of gouvernant, present participle of gouverner to govern, administer, bring up, from Old French governer

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“Governante.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/governante. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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