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duenna


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Duenna  \Du*en"na\,  n.;  pl  {Duennas}.  [Sp.  due[~n]a,  do[~n]a, 
  fr  L.  domina.  See  {Dame}.] 
  1.  The  chief  lady  in  waiting  on  the  queen  of  Spain.  --Brande. 
 
  2.  An  elderly  lady  holding  a  station  between  a  governess  and 
  companion,  and  appointed  to  have  charge  over  the  younger 
  ladies  in  a  Spanish  or  a  Portuguese  family.  --Brande  &  C. 
 
  3.  Any  old  woman  who  is  employed  to  guard  a  younger  one  a 
  governess.  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  duenna 
  n  :  (Spain;  Portugal;  etc)  a  woman  chaperon 




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