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governess

[ guhv-er-nis ]SEE DEFINITION OF governess

Synonyms for governess

  • nanny
  • duenna
  • guardian
  • mistress
  • teacher
  • tutoress
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Think of a mere governess, her daughter's governess, coming to that high distinction!

In the first place, I could not talk about it with my governess, as she would not discuss the piece at all.

Every morning I went to the Conservatoire with my governess.

I did not insist, but I sent for my son's governess, Mlle. Soubise.

Your governess cannot win the confidence and respect of your children, forsooth!

She was a governess in the house of one of his friends in ——.

When she recovered, she went as English governess to a rich German family in Bremen.

It won her the enduring love of the children whom she taught as a governess.

She had very honourable alliances, and yet she has thought it no degradation to be governess to Madame de Pompadour's daughter.

The first whom her cries raised were the governess and her niece.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "female ruler," shortening of governouresse "a woman who rules" (late 14c.), from Old French governeresse "female ruler or administrator" (see governor + -ess); in the sense of "a female teacher in a private home" it is attested from 1712.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR GOVERNESS

au pair

nounlive-in nanny
  • babysitter
  • caregiver
  • day care provider
  • domestic servant
  • governess
  • housekeeper
  • live-in

baby-sitter

nounsitter
  • au pair
  • caregiver
  • child-care worker
  • day-care provider
  • governess
  • mother's helper
  • nanny
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