Azrael began merrily putting on her garments, and helped Mariska also to dress; then she sent the duenna with a message to Hassan.
The duenna entered, and remained standing before her master.
Mary's duenna;—the artist who is supposed to be moulding the wife.
She kept me in sight like a duenna, and strangely ill-treated me.
All the while the Duke and the Duchess were in paroxysms of laughter, so well did the duenna act her part.
She felt that she had been rather remiss in her duties as duenna, and was angry with herself.
I think it was her duenna who toppled off the edge of the gangway with one of the Chittagong crew in the push to come aboard.
Then the duenna resumed, and now came the worst of her story.
If I do not hate that woman it will be well, for she is as much a duenna for me as governess for the children!
The Sisters are the only duenna for you; and back to the convent you shall go to-morrow.
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).