por·​tress ˈpȯr-trəs How to pronounce portress (audio)
: a woman who is a porter: such as
: a doorkeeper in a convent or apartment building

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of portress was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Portress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portress. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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