Definitions

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  • n. A female mentor or advisor; a female observer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A female monitor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female monitor.

Etymologies

From monitor +‎ -ess. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I thank Heaven, that hath taught me better thoughts than my own vanity suggested, through the medium of so kind a monitress.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • Here is a question I received in the Q& A box that I keep in the library: As a student at Motswasele I have found that if a teacher can choose you to be the leader like monitor/ monitress student they start rumours or being jealous talking about your self.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • She, my monitress, my guide, my counsel, gone, for ever gone! by whose advice and instructions I hoped to acquit myself tolerably in the state to which I could not avoid entering.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • For, alas! my stay, my adviser, my monitress, my directress, is gone! — for ever gone! —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • But it is so discouraging a thing to have my monitress so very good! —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Margaret, with feigned simplicity, but far from being sorry at heart, that she had found an indirect mode of mortifying her monitress.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • Thus, upon the whole, the little maiden was disposed to submit, though not without some wincing, to the grave admonitions of the Lady Hermione; and the rather that the mystery annexed to the person of her monitress was in her mind early associated with a vague idea of wealth and importance, which had been rather confirmed than lessened by many accidental circumstances which she had noticed since she was more capable of observation.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • ‘Caroline,’ said the stern monitress, ‘you are already learning to laugh at principles which have been dear to you since you left your mother’s breast.

    He Knew He Was Right

  • - 'Why, it is my daily pleasure now to look out for the little cottage bonnet and the silk scarf glancing through the trees in the lane, and to know that my quiet, shrewd, thoughtful companion and monitress is coming back to me: that I shall have her sitting in the room to look at, to talk to, or to let alone, as she and I please.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • 'Ah!' said the monitress, shaking her head and heaving a deep sigh.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

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  • Madame de Chantelle looked plaintively at her sturdy monitress.

    - Edith Wharton, The Reef

    June 21, 2008