den mother


Definition of den mother

: a female adult leader of a Cub Scout den also : a person seen in the role of leader or protector of a group

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Recent Examples on the Web Also: Matthew McConaughey stars as Dallas, the den mother of Mike’s ragtag group of stripper pals. Washington Post, "Not all dance movies are created equal, but these 12 bad ones are still pretty great," 17 Aug. 2020 The matriarch's varying interests included crafting, poetry and spending time as a den mother in the Cub Scouts for her three sons. Gabrielle Chung,, "New Jersey Couple Married for 62 Years Die of COVID-19 on the Same Day, 2 Days After Son's Death," 13 Aug. 2020 Patrick Swayze is disarming as the den mother of the trio, whose cross-country trip to the Miss Drag Queen of America Pageant is diverted by car trouble into a back-road small town, and Wesley Snipes delivers his one-liners with screwball snap. Jason Bailey, New York Times, "The 10 Funniest Movies on Netflix," 8 Apr. 2020 The 47-year-old head coach of Navarro's title-touting team is part den mother, part guidance counselor, and part cheer warden. Lori Bergamotto, Good Housekeeping, "How to Keep Up With Netflix's 'Cheer' Cast After You're Done Binging," 25 Jan. 2020 The job of a faculty dean is part intellectual mentor, part den mother. Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times, "New Wave of Student Activism Presses Colleges on Sexual Assault," 8 June 2019 As a career woman and single parent to a young son, her character was a mom not often seen on TV, while Tony Danza's Tony Micelli took on the role of den mother/housekeeper. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Judith Light Has Really, Really Good Life Advice," 19 Jan. 2019 Damage-control expert, fortunately, is one of the many hats Lisa keeps in steady rotation, along with den mother, cheerleader, shrink, landlady, fund-raiser and, as the circumstances sometimes dictate, pimp. Justin Chang, The Seattle Times, "‘Support the Girls’: Regina Hall calls the shots in terrific sports-bar comedy," 27 Aug. 2018 Dauber, who has been described as a den mother to Emily Doe, declined to describe Doe’s reaction to the verdict. Christina Coleman, Glamour, "The Recall of the Brock Turner Judge Was Considered a Victory for Women—but Not Everyone Agrees," 11 June 2018

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Den mother.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of den mother

US : a woman who is the leader of a group of Cub Scouts

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