duenna

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From Old Spanish duenna or dueña, from Vulgar Latin donna, from Latin domina (Lady). Doublet of dame.

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duenna (plural duennas)

  1. a chaperon of a young lady, usually an older woman.
    • 1949, Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces:
      Then he placed her in a house and shut her up in a chamber, appointing ten old women as duennas to guard her, and forbade her to go forth to the Seven Palaces.
  2. a governess or nanny.

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