Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A female preceptor, or provider of moral instruction

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman who is the principal of a school; a female teacher.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female preceptor or teacher.

Etymologies

From preceptor +‎ -ess (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And a very great proof that the prince is good is when his people are good, because the prince's life is law and preceptress to his subjects, and upon his behaviour all the others must needs depend ....

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • He studied with the Christian Brothers, Benedictines and Marists, as well as with his preceptress, Professor María Teresa Angulo, from Madrid.

    True Allegiances

  • She was not a rigorous old moralist, nor, perhaps, a very wholesome preceptress for youth.

    The Virginians

  • You, brother, who have so much sagacity, will discern that this disproportionate preference argues an ill-regulated mind; but she is fortunate in her preceptress.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • Thus was I then to lose my faithful preceptress, as did the

    Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

  • But, although her preceptress practised these arts with a dexterity then only known in foreign convents, the pupil proved so incorrigibly idle and awkward, that the task of needlework was at length given up, and lessons of music substituted in their stead.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • “Neither does our excellent preceptress approve of puns,” said Clara.

    A Tangled Tale

  • He kissed his child, and saluted her young preceptress with formal courtesy.

    The Evil Guest

  • They actually try to encore one of her characters — an old north-country lady; modeled on that honored preceptress in the late

    No Name

  • With Princess Salammbo as his guide and preceptress.

    The Grass Crown

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