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 Nancy Harman, a lead organizer with Helping El Cajon Refugees, is an unofficial den mother for those who have arrived there over the years. Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Gans showed up to a recent Zoom surprise birthday celebration for a green room superfan and den mother who goes by the pseudonym Jill Swellville and who, like many of the regulars, lives out of state. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 July 2021 As a friend rather than a housewife, Hilton not only deftly sidesteps the squabbles the show is known for but also assumes the lofty role of den mother, dispensing enigmatic words of wisdom to the other cast members when the mercury started to rise. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, 27 May 2021 When Berman got the job, Baldridge, who acted as a kind of den mother to the secretaries, called her with a pep talk. Marisa Meltzer, Town & Country, 7 Mar. 2021 Over the months, Cox had become somewhat of a den mother to the pipeline workers (welders, carpenters, and union laborers) staying at her hotel. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, 1 Feb. 2021 Drew’s mother, Deenie, was known as the den mother of the civil rights movement. al, 18 Jan. 2021 His mother, a former secretary, Cub Scout den mother and skilled seamstress, had taught her two sons how to make scaciatta and all her other Christmas specialties. Daniela Altimari,, 25 Dec. 2020 Elsesser, 28, serves as a kind of den mother, trekking through the patch to check in on everybody. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of den mother

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Den mother.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of den mother

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


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