portress
noun Date: 15th century a woman who is a porter: as a. a doorkeeper in a convent or apartment building b. charwoman

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  • Portress — Por tress, n. A female porter. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • portress — [pôr′tris] n. a woman porter (doorkeeper) …   English World dictionary

  • Portress — Recorded in several spellings forms including Portus, Porteous, Portriss and Portress, this is arguably an Anglo Scottish surname, but of pre medieval French origins. Introduced into England after the Norman Invasion of 1066, it derives either… …   Surnames reference

  • portress — porter, portress (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. guard, gatekeeper, concierge, doorman, sentinel, warder; bearer, redcap (inf.). See transportation, safety …   English dictionary for students

  • portress — /pawr tris, pohr /, n. a woman who has charge of a door or gate; a female doorkeeper. Also, porteress. [1375 1425; late ME; see PORTER2, ESS] Usage. See ess. * * * …   Universalium

  • portress — noun a female porter (person in control of the entrance to a building) …   Wiktionary

  • portress — por·tress …   English syllables

  • portress — por•tress [[t]ˈpɔr trɪs, ˈpoʊr [/t]] n. use a woman who has charge of a door or gate; woman porter • Etymology: 1375–1425 usage: See ess …   From formal English to slang

  • portress — /ˈpɔtrəs/ (say pawtruhs) noun a female porter or doorkeeper …   Australian English dictionary

  • portress — …   Useful english dictionary

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