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noun \ˈdām\

: a woman who has been given a title as an honor for something she has done

Full Definition of DAME

:  a woman of rank, station, or authority: as
a archaic :  the mistress of a household
b :  the wife or daughter of a lord
c :  a female member of an order of knighthood —used as a title prefixed to the given name
a :  an elderly woman
b :  woman

Examples of DAME

  1. She was made a dame the year before she died.
  2. <as the grand dames of local society, they determined which charities received support>

Origin of DAME

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin domina, feminine of dominus master; akin to Latin domus house — more at dome
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with DAME

DAME Defined for Kids


noun \ˈdām\

Definition of DAME for Kids

:  a woman of high rank or social position
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