from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman doorkeeper or porter, especially in a convent.
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- n. a female porter (person in control of the entrance to a building)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A female porter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See porteress.
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The portress was a heavy sleeper, and I knew where her keys hung, on a nail just within the door of her cell.
The portress was a heavy sleeper, and I knew where her keys hung, on
The portress was a nice woman, whose good-will Count Abel gained on the very first day.
After a while the portress came through the choir looking for her and told her she was needed in the kitchen.
He heard the horsemen when they came, and the voice of the portress and other voices, Welsh and English both, and among them, surely, the voice of John Miller.
The portress had conducted them to the cell where their charge, Elis ap Cynan, would be found in the nearer bed, and John Miller had carried him out in his arms, warmly swathed, and bestowed him in the litter sent to bear him home.
In this open-air society, it is the rag-picker who salutes and the portress who patronizes.
The portress set to scraping away the grass from what she called her pavement, with an old knife, and, as she tore out the blades, she grumbled:
As he descended again at a run, the portress hailed him: — “Monsieur de Courfeyrac!”
The whispers of many men and the protestations of the portress were audible in the corridor.
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