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[wawr-dris] /ˈwɔr drɪs/
a woman who is a warder.
Origin of wardress
1815-25; ward(e)r1 + -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Going out into the corridor, she attempted to press a sovereign into the wardress's hard palm.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
  • At least I gathered as much from the alarmed expression of the wardress who accompanied him.

    My Own Story Emmeline Pankhurst
  • It seemed an endless time before my cell door was opened by a wardress, who ordered me to follow her.

    My Own Story Emmeline Pankhurst
  • She frankly behaved as a wardress in a prison, and Winifred as frankly accepted the rôle of prisoner.

    The Bartlett Mystery Louis Tracy
  • A wardress ran up to us, saying: "I shall listen to everything you say."

    My Own Story Emmeline Pankhurst
  • He asked where were the keys, and as I said in the pocket of the wardress, who slept within, he sent me there to get them.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
  • By and by a wardress came to the door and threw me a blanket.

    My Own Story Emmeline Pankhurst
  • Through more corridors they passed till the wardress stopped just short of an open door and rang a bell.

    The Messenger Elizabeth Robins
  • A request to the wardress for a glass of water was instantly complied with, and Jeanne then washed the fatal poison down.

    Remarkable Rogues Charles Kingston
  • I suppose his mother went around in a black alpaca and wore her hair like a wardress in a jail.

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