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  • n. Plural form of governess.


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  • And the lives of governesses, that is the written lives, can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

    Three Guineas

  • Women in this set used to be called governesses, a word coined in 1483 about a king who made his daughter “maystresse and gouvernesse of moo than two hondred Vyrgyns.”

    No Uncertain Terms

  • I can squeeze you all in; but I cannot manage the governesses, that is the only thing.

    A Modern Tomboy A Story for Girls

  • The teenage Serb looks exactly as he would when he played for Aston Villa, glowering out of the team photo like the sort of bodice-ripper anti-hero whose brutish vulnerability would repel and yet strangely attract governesses and the poetically inclined daughters of the local gentry which is more or less what he did with Villa fans too, come to think of it.

    Paul Lambert needs lessons in the lexicon of the football club | Harry Pearson

  • Born in a small village near Durham, Philippa was educated at home by governesses and at St George's school, Ascot, and rode to hounds with the Zetland hunt.

    Philippa Foot obituary

  • Tracy Borman acquaints us with a diverse cast, from governesses, ladies in waiting and courtiers, but the most well-known include her mother, Anne Boleyn, and her stepmother, Katherine Howard, both beheaded under orders from her father.

    Three books on British royals

  • They were pretty tough farming people, who educated and kept their small children fully occupied at home with the aid of governesses, or middle-aged spinster relations whose marital prospects were completely wrecked by the industrialized slaughter of the Great War.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • The children were wet-nursed, looked after by nursemaids and governesses, then sent away to boarding school.

    Wedlock by Wendy Moore: Questions

  • We learned more from Dad and Von than from the governesses; Dad taught us French and Von German.

    Chapter 5

  • There were always the governesses, you know, and lessons, and sewing, and housekeeping; but I'm afraid we were too often bribed to our tasks with promises of horses or of cattle drives.

    Chapter 5


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