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date: 19 June 2019

governess 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature
Author(s):

Daniel Hahn

Literally and originally ‘a woman who governs’, governess was being used by the 16th cent. to mean ‘a woman who has the charge of a young person’, ‘a female tutor’. During the 18th cent. it was sometimes applied to the teacher or proprietor of a school, apparently because (as one writer put it) ‘the word ... ...

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