undergoverness

governess

[guhv-er-nis]
noun
1.
a woman who is employed to take charge of a child's upbringing, education, etc.
2.
Archaic. a woman who is a ruler or governor.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English governeress < Old French gouverneresse, feminine of gouverneur governor; see -ess

governessy, adjective
subgoverness, noun
undergoverness, noun


See -ess.
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governess (ˈɡʌvənɪs)
 
n
a woman teacher employed in a private household to teach and train the children

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