from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of portress.
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- n. Alternative form of portress.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See portress.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female porter or keeper of a gate.
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We have spoken of the admirable way in which Mr. Cruikshank has depicted Irish character and Cockney character; English country character is quite as faithfully delineated in the person of the stout porteress and her children, and of the
The porteress that let him in, and afterwards seeing him at the fire, first put the question to him; and then positively affirmed that he was with Christ.
Old Jocunda, the porteress, never failed to make a sensation with her one stock-story of how she found the child standing on her head and crying, -- having been put into this reversed position in consequence of climbing up on a high stool to get her little fat hand into the vase of holy water, failing in which Christian attempt, her heels went up and her head down, greatly to her dismay.
Rémy had sent for the box-keeper to the Rue de Provence, close to the Opera, where she was engaged as a porteress.
She became the porteress of the abode which the other had prepared with such lavish attention and expenditure, to serve him only as a pall.
At the door in the high white wall of the school-garden, he asked an unveiled crone of a porteress to say merely that two gentlemen had called.
I rang the bell, and the porteress looked out at me through the peephole.
Just as we were finishing dinner, the porteress came and asked if I were ready to go.
She saw her life from end to end, from the moment when the porteress would open the door to the time when she would be laid in the little cemetery at the end of the garden where the nuns go to rest.
And, though they were still five miles away or more, she saw the gate at the corner of the lane, the porteress too.
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