Part of speech:

A female porter.

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Usage examples "portress":

  1. The usual Sunday visitors were mounting and descending the great flight of steps to the doorway; a white- robed portress stood talking to one little group at the top, her folded arms lost in her wide sleeves. - "Saturday's Child", Kathleen Norris.
  2. The portress looked through the wicket. - "Hereward, The Last of the English", Charles Kingsley.
  3. Her mistress also usually retired about midnight, and during the final hour mistress and portress saw a good deal of each other. - "The Old Wives' Tale", Arnold Bennett.