Definition of governess in English:

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governess

Pronunciation: /ˈɡəvərnəs/

noun

A woman employed to teach children in a private household.
Example sentences
  • Only a poor minister, he knew his daughters would likely have to work as teachers or governesses, and their education would be indispensable.
  • Sometimes a governess would be employed to supervise the correspondence lessons and teach additional lessons.
  • Born in London, taught by governesses, she combined her early love of drawing with a keen interest in natural history, copying flowers and drawing small animals kept as pets or found on summer holidays in Scotland and the Lakes.

Origin

Middle English (originally governeress, denoting a female ruler): from Old French governeresse, feminine of governeour 'governor', from Latin gubernator, from gubernare (see govern).

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Syllabification: gov·ern·ess

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