noun Date: 1878 a woman supervising female prisoners (as in a prison)

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  • wardress — [wôr′dris] n. Chiefly Brit. a prison matron: now rare …   English World dictionary

  • wardress — warder, wardress These terms for male and female prison guards respectively have now been largely replaced by the gender neutral term prison officer …   Modern English usage

  • wardress — /wawr dris/, n. a woman who is a warder. [1815 25; WARD(E)R1 + ESS] Usage. See ess. * * * …   Universalium

  • wardress — noun A female warder …   Wiktionary

  • wardress — ward·ress || wÉ”rdrɪs / wɔːd n. female guard; female watchman; female jailer (British) ward·en || wÉ”rdn / wɔːdn n. jailer, official in charge of a prison; guardian, keeper; guard, protector; custodian, curator …   English contemporary dictionary

  • wardress — noun (C) BrE a woman who works in a prison guarding prisoners …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • wardress — ward·ress …   English syllables

  • wardress — ward•ress [[t]ˈwɔr drɪs[/t]] n. use a woman who is a warder • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • wardress — noun a woman warder • Hypernyms: ↑warder • Hyponyms: ↑matron …   Useful english dictionary

  • warder, wardress — ▶ noun. See warden sense 3 …   Useful english dictionary

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