- n a woman entrusted with the care and supervision of a child (especially in a private home)
- v bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
- v direct or strongly influence the behavior of
- v exercise authority over; as of nations
- v require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
- There, alone with the housekeeper and two children, is a sensitive young governess.
- One duty of the British nursery governess is to wake the children from their naps.
- Sarah Woodruff is an enigmatic local governess, said to be pining for a French soldier who has misused her.
- Honeysuckle Weeks in Reading Evening Post
Honeysuckle told me: "She is a kind of narrator and a way for the audience to understand events which completely overwhelm the governess."
- Neil Armfield in Houston Chronicle
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...
- Edward Kennedy in National Post
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