Definition of dame
1 : a woman of rank, station, or authority: such asa archaic : the mistress of a householdb : the wife or daughter of a lordc : a female member of an order of knighthood —used as a title prefixed to the given name
2a : an elderly womanb : woman
Examples of dame in a Sentence
She was made a dame the year before she died.
as the grand dames of local society, they determined which charities received support
Recent Examples of dame from the Web
The grandes dames look poised to remain the ruling class at Roland Garros.
Now, Air France is upping the cocktail ante, too, by teaming with Colin Field, head bartender of the recently renovated and reopened grand dame Ritz Paris palace hotel, to create a rotating seasonal drink served in La Première cabins.
Finally, Wired Blogs hires a dame that I’m not saddled with: Susan Arendt.
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Origin and Etymology 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
DAME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dame for English Language Learners
: a woman who has been given a title as an honor for something she has done
DAME Defined for Kids
Definition of dame for Students
: a woman of high rank or social position
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