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
A few years ago, after returning to Canton to care for her dying grandmother, Sutherland found herself at a crossroads, contemplating another governess gig.
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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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