Duenna



[doo-en-uh, dyoo-] /duˈɛn ə, dyu-/

noun
1.
(in Spain and Portugal) an older woman serving as escort or chaperon of a young lady.
2.
a governess.
/djuːˈɛnə/
noun
1.
(in Spain and Portugal, etc) an elderly woman retained by a family to act as governess and chaperon to young girls
n.

1660s, “chief lady in waiting upon the queen of Spain,” also “an elderly woman in charge of girls from a Spanish family,” from Spanish dueña “married lady, mistress” (fem. of dueño “master”), from Latin domina (see dame). Sense extended in English to “any elderly woman chaperon of a younger woman” (1708).

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