noun gov·er·nante
variants: or


\ˈgüv-, ¦güv-\

Definition of governante



  1. 1 archaic :  a woman having charge of a young person :  chaperone 2, governess 2 attended by … an old gentlewoman for her governante — Jedidiah Morse

  2. 2 archaic :  the mistress of a household :  housekeeper

  3. 3 obsolete :  governess 1 the government devolved upon the princess, as governante during her son's minority — Tobias Smollett

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Origin and Etymology of governante

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

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