What does governess mean?

Definitions for governess
ˈgʌv ər nɪsgov·erness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. governess(noun)

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


  1. governess(Noun)

    A woman paid to educate children in their own home.

  2. governess(Verb)

    To work as governess; to educate children in their own home.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Governess(noun)

    a female governor; a woman invested with authority to control and direct; especially, one intrusted with the care and instruction of children, -- usually in their homes

  2. Origin: [Cf. OF. governeresse. See Governor.]


  1. Governess

    A governess is a girl or woman employed to teach and train children in a private household. In contrast to a nanny or a babysitter, she concentrates on teaching children, not on meeting their physical needs. Her charges are of school age, not babies. The position is rarer now, except within large and wealthy households such as those of the Saudi royal family and in remote regions such as outback Australia. It was common in well-off European families before World War I, especially in the countryside where no suitable school existed nearby. Parents' preference to educate their children at home—rather than send them away to boarding school for months at a time—varied across time and countries. Governesses were usually in charge of girls and younger boys; when a boy was old enough, he left his governess for a tutor or a school. There has been a recent resurgence amongst families worldwide to employ governesses or full-time tutors. This has been for a number of reasons including personal security, the benefits of a tailored education and the flexibility to travel or live in multiple locations.

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How to say governess in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of governess in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of governess in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of governess in a Sentence

  1. Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia:

    She's so bossy that we call her "the Governess.

  2. Justin Masuka:

    The answer to Efficacy lies in the hand of excellent management, reliable systems and good governess"

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