from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman whose business it is to read aloud, as an attendant on a woman of rank; a female companion.


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  • Great was our satisfaction if we could prevail upon Mademoiselle Descuillès herself to take the book in hand and become the "lectrice" of the morning; greater still when we could persuade her, while intent upon her own stitching, to sing to us, which she sometimes did, old-fashioned French songs and ballads, of which I learnt from her and still remember some that I have never since heard, that must have long ago died out of the musical world and left no echo but in my memory.

    Records of a Girlhood

  • We actually have quite a bit in common, from what I have read: early love affair with France, ML degree, stint as a lectrice, although I was at Paris IV … French other half, first children born the same year. .and your early posts on Paris were spot on, just as I remember things and the Parisians to be, and so funny too!

    chez nous

  • In the summer which intervened between my two years of “teaching” English conversation classes as a lectrice, I found myself in the enviable position of having a three month paid holiday to fill, somehow.


  • At twelve years old I became his reader — — sa petite lectrice.

    The Jew and other stories

  • I taught at the Sorbonne Nouvelle for a couple of years, as a lectrice.

    insecurities reunited

  • Parait qu'j'ai une lectrice anonyme assidu ... d'un autre coté j'ai peine a l'croire mais quelle gentillesse de se faire passer pour qq'un d'etranger a mon univers ...

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • "Well," said Sir Wilfrid, at last, "so you engaged her as _lectrice_, and thought yourself very lucky?"

    Lady Rose's Daughter

  • At early maidenhood she is pitched upon as lectrice, and in a way favourite, by the great lady of the neighbourhood, the Duchess of Miossens; and in this position first attracts the attention of a peculiarly diabolical little dwarf doctor, who, bar the comic element, reminds one rather of Quilp.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century

  • It is not easy to ascertain precisely what the tattle of the Princess really amounted to, but d'Éon represents it so as to corroborate his tale about his residence at Elizabeth's Court, as lectrice, in 1755.

    Historical Mysteries

  • Wei, of course, is beguiled, promising to work for Ning for a decade if he can spent a day with Ruizhu Saori Hara, a sexual omnivore and lectrice who teaches him some of the tricks he wishes he knew already. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph


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