Meaning of governess

gov•ern•ess

Pronunciation: (guv'ur-nis), [key]
— n.
  1. a woman who is employed to take charge of a child's upbringing, education, etc.
  2. a woman who is a ruler or governor.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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