What does the word Portress mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Kathleen Norris
  2. 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 by Arnold Bennett
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