dame

noun \ ˈdām \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of dame

1 : a woman of rank, station, or authority: such 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
2 a : an elderly woman
b : woman

Examples of dame in a Sentence

  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

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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

dame Synonyms


DAME Defined for English Language Learners

dame

noun

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

dame

noun \ ˈdām \

Definition of dame for Students

: a woman of high rank or social position


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