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  • noun archaic governess


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  • I could not refrain from showing the airs to Mussard and to Mademoiselle du Vernois, his 'gouvernante', who was a very good and amiable girl.

    The Confessions of J J Rousseau

  • 'gouvernante', who was a very good and amiable girl.

    The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau — Volume 08

  • 'gouvernante', who was a very good and amiable girl.

    The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau — Complete

  • With this the refractory gouvernante began in great hurry to adjust her tartan mantle for going abroad, by pulling it so forwards as to conceal the white linen cap, the edges of which bordered her shrivelled but still fresh and healthful countenance.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • When he was four years old, I quarrelled with the English nurse who had attended upon him, and about whom my wife had been so jealous, and procured for him a French gouvernante, who had lived with families of the first quality in

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • His English nurse I married to my head gardener, with a handsome portion; his French gouvernante I bestowed upon my faithful German

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • So saying, she retired with this hopeful youth, and was followed by her gouvernante: but neither the one nor the other deigned to take the least notice of the company.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • Her parents had been earnestly sollicited to allow her making this friendly visit on such an extraordinary occasion; and two days ago she arrived with her mother, who did not chuse that she should come without a proper gouvernante.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • Then a lacquey, in magnificent livery, ushered them into a superb apartment, where they waited some minutes, without being favoured with the appearance of the ladies, to the manifest dissatisfaction of the abbe, who, sending for the gouvernante, reprimanded her severely for her want of politesse.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

  • He had followed my advice, and reached Nice about a month before my arrival, with his lady, child, and an old gouvernante.

    Travels through France and Italy


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