Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The chief lady in waiting on the Queen of Spain.
- n. An elderly woman holding a middle station between a governess and a companion, appointed to take charge of the girls of a Spanish family.
- n. Any elderly woman who is employed to guard a younger; a governess; a chaperon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The chief lady in waiting on the queen of Spain.
- n. 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.
- n. Any old woman who is employed to guard a younger one; a governess.
- n. a woman chaperon
- From Old Spanish duenna or dueña, from Vulgar Latin donna, from Latin domina ("Lady"). (Wiktionary)
“Glencora, Alice thought, should not have allowed the word duenna to have passed her lips in speaking to anyone; but, above all, she should not have done so in the hearing of Mr Palliser's cousin.”
“Glencora, Alice thought, should not have allowed the word duenna to have passed her lips in speaking to any one; but, above all, she should not have done so in the hearing of Mr Palliser's cousin.”
“Glencora, Alice thought, should not have allowed the word duenna to have passed her lips in speaking to anyone; but, above all, she should not have done so in the hearing of Mr Palliser’s cousin.”
“He planted his watchful mo - ther as a kind of duenna over her, when - ever he rode out to pay his complin: ients tQ the lord of Gravenegg, whofe vaffal he was.”
“duenna" would be filled if she attempted to "look after" a bevy of typical American girls, with their independent -- yet confused -- ideas of social requirements in the matter of chaperonage.”
“Like a duenna snapping open her fan – the car snapped open a pair of elegant wings and soared off into Adventure.”
“Smith was in many respects an absurd figure, but he created a great romantic legend by falling in love with a 14-year-old Spanish girl named Juana, whose duenna threw herself and her young charge on the Rifle Brigade's mercy amid the ruins of sacked Badajoz in 1812.”
“You will perhaps be surprised to learn that his choice of chaperone … duenna … and may I say, mother?”
“And The duenna transferred one hand to her bosom, drawing a painful breath.”
“With this assurance, the duenna had allowed herself to be contented, and she had departed, sped on her way by Lady Hester's promise that a hot brick and a soothing drink would be sent up as soon as may be.”
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