duenna

duenna

[doo-en-uh, dyoo-]
noun
1.
(in Spain and Portugal) an older woman serving as escort or chaperon of a young lady.
2.
a governess.

Origin:
1660–70; < Spanish duenna (now dueña) < Latin domina, feminine of dominus master

duennaship, noun
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duenna (djuːˈɛnə)
 
n
(in Spain and Portugal, etc) an elderly woman retained by a family to act as governess and chaperon to young girls
 
[C17: from Spanish dueña, from Latin domina lady, feminine of dominus master]

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duenna
1668, "chief lady in waiting upon the queen of Spain," also "an elderly woman in charge of girls from a Sp. family," from Sp. dueña "married lady, mistress" (fem. of dueño "master"), from L. domina. Sense extended in Eng. to "any elderly woman chaperon of a younger woman" (1708).
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