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DUENNA (Span. duena, a married lady o...

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Originally appearing in Volume V08, Page 643 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DUENNA (Span. duena, a married lady or mistress, Lat. domina), specifically the chief lady-in-waiting upon the queen of Spain. The word is more widely applied, however, to an elderly lady in Spanish and Portuguese households (holding a position midway between a governess and companion) appointed to take charge of the young girls of the family; and " duenna " is thus used in English as a synonym for chaperon (q.v.).
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