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

Examples of den mother in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The price of success As a prosperous den mother, Henry ran into her share of challenges. Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2023 In the middle of it all was Penelope Williams, a punk-rock den mother of sorts who found a salve for her unspeakable grief in this unlikeliest of scenes. Photographs Todd Heisler, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2023 During a pre-Covid trip to China, McLeod was introduced to a Madam Shin, a former geisha den mother living on the outskirts of Beijing and a master in the art of facial sculpting. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 23 Dec. 2022 After a veteran male actor dropped out, prompting a gender swap, Margaret Cho stepped in to play worldly lesbian den mother Erin. Justin J Wee, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 Joyce was the den mother of Second City theatre, in Chicago. Bob Odenkirk, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Gertrude Stein played oracle and den mother to a burgeoning generation of writers and artists. Jeremy Lybarger, The New Republic, 7 Oct. 2021 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of den mother was in 1936

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“Den mother.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

den mother

: a female adult leader of a Cub Scout den
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