Definition of governess
1 : a woman who governs
2 : a woman who cares for and supervises a child especially in a private household
Recent Examples of governess from the Web
The daughter of John Wenger, a butler, and Marie Foichat, a governess, the former Laurette Madelyn Wenger was born in Baltimore and raised in a Roland Park carriage house owned by the family for whom her parents worked.
A few years ago, after returning to Canton to care for her dying grandmother, Sutherland found herself at a crossroads, contemplating another governess gig.
A mathematician who moved to Peru to work as a governess, Reiche found her calling through a chance meeting with a mathematician who had photographed the Nazca Lines from an airplane.
Someone told me that the man who introduced the governess Anna Leonowens to the king of Siam was buried in a Bukit Brown tomb, but the casual visitor will be hard-pressed to find it.
Kirby Hoberg is a blithe and sunny Cecily, Jack’s strong-willed and hyper-imaginative ward, whose governess (a prim Maxine Sattizahn) has a romance of her own blossoming with the local rector (soft-spoken and sedate Lee Vogt).
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First Known Use of governess
GOVERNESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of governess for English Language Learners
: a woman who is paid to care for and teach a child in the child's house
GOVERNESS Defined for Kids
Definition of governess for Students
: a woman who teaches and trains a child especially in a private home
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