[pawr-tris, pohr-]
a woman who has charge of a door or gate; a female doorkeeper.
Also, porteress.

1375–1425; late Middle English; see porter2, -ess

See -ess.
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portress (ˈpɔːtrɪs)
a female porter, esp a doorkeeper

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