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 Duen’de (3 syl.).Duer’gar (2 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Duen’na [Lady].
 
The female of don. The Spanish don is derived from the Latin dominus = a lord, a master. A duenna is the chief lady-in-waiting on the Queen of Spain; but in common parlance it means a lady who is half companion and half governess, in charge of the younger female members of a nobleman’s or gentleman’s family in Portugal or Spain.   1
        “There is no duenna so rigidly prudent and inexorably decorous as a superannuated coquette.”—W. Irving: Sketch-Book (Spectre Bridegroom).
 


 Duen’de (3 syl.).Duer’gar (2 syl.). 

 
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