from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman employed to educate and train the children of a private household.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A woman paid to educate children in their own home.
- v. To work as governess; to educate children in their own home.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A female governor; a woman invested with authority to control and direct; especially, one intrusted with the care and instruction of children, -- usually in their homes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman invested with authority to control and direct; a female ruler: also used figuratively.
- n. Specifically A woman who has the care of instructing and directing children; an instructress: generally applied to one who teaches children in their own homes.
- To play the governess; act as governess: as, to go out governessing.
- To control or direct as a governess.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a woman entrusted with the care and supervision of a child (especially in a private home)
Middle English governesse, short for governouresse, from Old French governeresse, feminine of governeor, governor, from Latin gubernātor; see gubernatorial.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)