[ doo-en-uh, dyoo- ]
/ duˈɛn ə, dyu- /


(in Spain and Portugal) an older woman serving as escort or chaperon of a young lady.
a governess.

Origin of duenna

1660–70; < Spanish duenna (now dueña) < Latin domina, feminine of dominus master
Related formsdu·en·na·ship, noun
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/ (djuːˈɛnə) /


(in Spain and Portugal, etc) an elderly woman retained by a family to act as governess and chaperon to young girls

Word Origin for duenna

C17: from Spanish dueña, from Latin domina lady, feminine of dominus master
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