monitress

noun
mon·​i·​tress | \ ˈmänə‧trə̇s \
plural -es

Definition of monitress

old-fashioned
1 : a woman who admonishes or advises someone “Caroline,” said the stern monitress, “you are already learning to laugh at principles which have been dear to you since you left your mother's breast. … ”— Anthony Trollope, He Knew He Was Right, 1869
2 : a girl who is a monitor in a school (see monitor entry 1 sense 1a)

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monitor entry 1 + -ess

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“Monitress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monitress. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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