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Definition of "portress" [por•tress]

  • A woman doorkeeper or porter, especially in a convent. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "portress" in a sentence
  • "The portress was a heavy sleeper, and I knew where her keys hung, on a nail just within the door of her cell."
  • "The portress was a heavy sleeper, and I knew where her keys hung, on"
  • "The portress was a nice woman, whose good-will Count Abel gained on the very first day."