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den mother

(in the Boy Scouts) a woman who serves as an adult leader or supervisor of a cub scout den.
Informal. a woman who serves as an adviser or protector to a group of people.
Compare den father.
Origin of den mother
First recorded in 1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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den mother

noun phrase

The head and sometimes provider or supporter of a group of male homosexuals, often an older man: They had a sort of den mother. A middle-aged writer type who had given up the straight life

[1970s+ Homosexuals; sardonic adoption of the term fr den mother, the adult leader of a group of Cub Scouts]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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