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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Duenna \Du*en"na\, n.; pl. Duennas. [Sp. due[~n]a, do[~n]a, fr. L. domina. See Dame.] 1. The chief lady in waiting on the queen of Spain. --Brande. [1913 Webster] 2. An elderly lady holding a station between a governess and companion, and appointed to have charge over the younger ladies in a Spanish or a Portuguese family. --Brande & C. [1913 Webster] 3. Any old woman who is employed to guard a younger one; a governess. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]