(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.
Celebrating Our Mothers: Phrases of Advice
“I WAS always taught that good manners cost nothing – but are worth such a lot.” – Reese Witherspoon Meryl Streep has been known to say, “we’re off like a herd of turtles” while Rita Wilson has taken a page from Hamlet’s Polonius in her momism, “to thine own self be true.” And the late Joan Rivers was known for telling her friends and family …
What Not To Say To Expecting Mothers—You’re Welcome
Having a baby is certainly a joyous (though laborious and stressful) time for a woman. She’s processing a myriad of emotions and physical changes all at once, and whether it’s her first time or an encore pregnancy, there’s one thing she surely doesn’t need—your unwelcome comments about her blessed event. So, we’re going to save you from a black eye and give you a few phrases …
Compare den father.
Origin of den mother
First recorded in 1945–50
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