Definition of den mother in English:

den mother

noun

US
  • 1The female leader of a den of Cub Scouts.

    • ‘The area in front of the bus had been transformed into a playground presided over by den mother Juanita Cuervo, the name Armstrong had given to girlfriend Sheryl Crow (cuervo is Spanish for ‘crow’).’
    • ‘This vibrant individual was none other than Tia's den mother, Ms. Angela Burns, known by many of the girls as ‘Flip’, because of the seamless way she would switch from one pair of glasses or sunshades to another.’
    • ‘Your best choice would be a teacher, a camp councillor, a den mother or a girl scout troop leader, for example.’
    • ‘In Tampa, Warshavsky has assembled a house shared by six college girls and a (slightly older) den mother.’
    • ‘Meg, den mother that she is to us all, urges us to vote.’
    • ‘My mother was my Cub Scout den mother and Sunday school teacher who got me started in Scouting, a path that led to receiving the Eagle Scout award from Troop 77 in Toccoa.’
    • ‘The spiritual den mother of women in rock in Philadelphia is Joan Jett, who was born right here in the City of, ahem, Brotherly Love.’
    • ‘Violet is hired by Lil, the Coyote den mother, because ‘you look like a kindergarten teacher.’’
    • ‘Over the last four years, Zipadelli has made the transition from mechanic to crew chief, team spokesman and den mother.’
    • ‘‘I try to walk a line between being loving and being assertive,’ says Gail, who comes off as part booster, part den mother.’
    • ‘Looking back, I think I got the impression that mentors were kind of like chaperones, guiding debutante writers into the literary world - or ‘den mothers’ - or something more caring and sharing than my natural style.’
    • ‘Then backstage, 20 minutes later, the den mother who's running them is sobbing in disappointment, and the girls are all standing around her confused, not understanding why she's upset.’
    • ‘Would you care to become a den mother along with me?’
    • ‘And it stressed me out so much to be a den mother to my four housemates, whose average age was 21.’
    • ‘Being the resident den mother here requires at least an hour in the kitchen this time of day.’
    • ‘‘I don't need a den mother following me around’ is how Coskey, now the 76 ers' executive vice-president, puts it.’
    1. 1.1A woman who plays a supportive or protective role for a particular group of people.
      ‘the band's business manager, cook, and de facto den mother’
      • ‘In the '50s Lois began as the classic baby-boom mom: a romantic lover to her husband, a devoted den mother to her kids, and a civic activist to her community.’
      • ‘And it stressed me out so much to be a den mother to my four housemates, whose average age was 21.’
      • ‘"I try to walk a line between being loving and being assertive," says Gail, who comes off as part booster, part den mother.’
      • ‘Since its inception in February 2003, says WACT trustee and den mother Melanie Hamilton, the group has been a supportive, mutually inspirational affair.’
      • ‘The spiritual den mother of women in rock in Philadelphia is Joan Jett, who was born right here in the City of, ahem, Brotherly Love.’
      • ‘Over the last four years, Zipadelli has made the transition from mechanic to crew chief, team spokesman and den mother.’
      • ‘"We get a lot of biking while intoxicated," said Laurie Yu, the courtroom deputy and its de facto den mother.’
      • ‘In Tampa, Warshavsky has assembled a house shared by six college girls and a (slightly older) den mother.’
      • ‘"If it breaks us all up, it will be a huge loss," said Kim Luttrell, an artist who acts as like a den mother to the studios' renters.’
      • ‘She's also 'den mother' to the Edinburgh Fringe in her capacity as resident publicist at Assembly Theatre.’
      • ‘The citation described Cora, who has been associated with NCEW for over 40 years, as "our den mother, our institutional memory, and the heart and soul of NCEW."’
      • ‘She was a kind of den mother for everybody in the office.’
      • ‘As the maverick den mother to a group of faculty innovators, she helped transform the School of Management from a backwater to a destination.’
      • ‘"I'm part traffic cop, part den mother for the orchestra," said Gimenez.’
      • ‘She is now the hotel's den mother.’