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duenna

play
noun du·en·na \dü-ˈe-nə, ˈdyü-\

Definition of duenna

  1. 1 :  an elderly woman serving as governess and companion to the younger ladies in a Spanish or a Portuguese family

  2. 2 :  chaperone

duennaship

play \-ˌship\ noun


Origin and Etymology of duenna

Spanish dueña, from Latin domina mistress — more at dame


First Known Use: 1623

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