governess

noun gov·ern·ess \ ˈgə-vər-nəs \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of governess

1 : a woman who governs
2 : a woman who cares for and supervises a child especially in a private household

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First Known Use of governess

15th century


GOVERNESS Defined for English Language Learners

governess

noun

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

governess

noun gov·ern·ess \ ˈgə-vər-nəs \

Definition of governess for Students

: a woman who teaches and trains a child especially in a private home

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