governess governess  /ˈɡə vər nəs/


  • (n) a woman entrusted with the care and supervision of a child (especially in a private home)


  1. There, alone with the housekeeper and two children, is a sensitive young governess.
  2. One duty of the British nursery governess is to wake the children from their naps.
  3. Sarah Woodruff is an enigmatic local governess, said to be pining for a French soldier who has misused her.


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  1. Honeysuckle told me: "She is a kind of narrator and a way for the audience to understand events which completely overwhelm the governess."
    on Mar 17, 2008 By: Honeysuckle Weeks Source: Reading Evening Post

  2. "He had to make that call, whether to give voice to the ghosts," Armfield says. "He gives them an amazing presence. In the opera, they are undeniably real. Yet's there's still ambiguity centered on the governess' insistence on following her...
    on Jan 23, 2010 By: Neil Armfield Source: Houston Chronicle

  3. It starred "the beloved nurse and governess from my childhood," as Edward Kennedy called her, describing how he had slept in a chair beside Teddy's hospital bed while the boy was recuperating from his leg amputation
    on Sep 19, 2009 By: Edward Kennedy Source: National Post

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