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[pri-sep-tris, pree-sep-] /prɪˈsɛp trɪs, ˈpri sɛp-/
a woman who is an instructor; teacher; tutor.
a woman who is the head of a school.
Origin of preceptress
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See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • So I requested the preceptress to permit Wauna to accompany me as a guide and companion; a request she readily complied with.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • I made some such observation to the preceptress, and she admitted its correctness.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • I pledged myself to abide by any request the preceptress might make of me.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • I noticed with what honor and high esteem the name of the preceptress was regarded.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • She was my sister, my preceptress and friend; but she died—her end was violent, untimely, and criminal!

    Arthur Mervyn Charles Brockden Brown
  • It developed upon the preceptress to break the news to the afflicted mother.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • In short, I have engaged for her the position of first preceptress of a female seminary in the middle of the State.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • My preceptress eyed me sternly, and waxed anew the thread of her discourse.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
  • Her character and her abilities being well known, she easily procured recommendations as a preceptress.

  • "There is not the need that you should render yourself his preceptress," he said, with his deadly smile.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini

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