Definitions for governess
ˈgʌv ər nɪsgov·erness
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a woman entrusted with the care and supervision of a child (especially in a private home)
A woman paid to educate children in their own home.
To work as governess; to educate children in their own home.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: gouverneresse, old French, from govern.
The moon, the governess of floods,
Pale in her anger, washes all the air,
That rheumatick diseases do abound. William Shakespeare.
He presented himself unto her, falling down upon both his knees, and holding up his hands, as the old governess of Danae is painted, when she suddenly saw the golden shower. Philip Sidney.
His three younger children were taken from the governess in whose hands he put them. Edward Hyde, b. viii.
Great affliction that severe governess of the life of man brings upon those souls she seizes on. Henry More, against Atheism.
A governess is a largely obsolete term for a woman employed as a private tutor, who teaches and trains a child or children in their home. A governess often lives in the same residence as the children she is teaching. In contrast to a nanny, the primary role of a governess is teaching, rather than meeting the physical needs of children; hence a governess is usually in charge of school-aged children, rather than babies.The position of governess used to be common in affluent European families before the First World War, especially in the countryside where no suitable school existed nearby and when parents preferred to educate their children at home rather than send them away to boarding school for months at a time, and 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. Governesses are rarer now, except within large and wealthy households or royal families such as the Saudi royal family and in remote regions such as outback Australia. There has been a recent resurgence amongst wealthy families worldwide to employ governesses or full-time tutors. The reasons for this include personal security, the benefits of a tailored education, and the flexibility to travel or live in multiple locations.
A governess is a woman employed in a private household to educate and train children in a formal, usually live-in setting. She often has responsibilities for the children's social and emotional development as well. The use of governesses is more common in the past, particularly in wealthy families.
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
Etymology: [Cf. OF. governeresse. See Governor.]
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.
The numerical value of governess in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of governess in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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