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EtymologyEdit

From a contracted form of Middle English governeresse, from Old French governeresse (female ruler or administrator).

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡʌvɚnəs/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡʌvənəs/, /ˈɡʌvnəs/
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NounEdit

governess (plural governesses, masculine governor)

  1. A woman paid to educate children in their own home.
    • 1917, Constance Garnett, An Upheaval, translation of original by Anton Chekhov:
      [Mashenka Pavletsky] returning from a walk to the house of the Kushkins, with whom she was living as a governess, found the household in a terrible turmoil.
  2. (rare) A female governor.

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VerbEdit

governess (third-person singular simple present governesses, present participle governessing, simple past and past participle governessed)

  1. To work as governess; to educate children in their own home.