Definition of governante
2 archaic : the mistress of a household : housekeeper
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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