\ ˈdām How to pronounce dame (audio) \

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
2a informal : an elderly woman : matron
b US slang, old-fashioned : woman a classy dame

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 on the Web The grand dame originally opened in 1910, after Cesar Ritz had already planted his flag in Paris and London, as the first luxury hotel in Madrid. Christian L. Wright, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Attending on video were Theresa Sackler, a British dame and wife of the late Mortimer D. Sackler, another of the brothers; and David Sackler, Richard Sackler’s son. STAT, 15 Mar. 2022 Born into a working class family, McGrath became the first make-up artist to be made a British dame in 2021. Maggie Mcgrath, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 The only holdover from London, Broadway icon Patti LuPone, steps into the role of Joanne, a boozy, audacious dame originated on stage by the legendary Elaine Stritch. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 14 Feb. 2022 The interwoven saga will include the surprising stories of Dior’s contemporaries and rivals: the grand dame Coco Chanel, Balmain, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent and more. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Feb. 2022 For the uninitiated, Bemelmans Bar, housed in the grand dame Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side, has been a bastion of the city’s culture for 75 years. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 4 Feb. 2022 Christine Baranski is an acceptable substitute for Maggie Smith in the grand dame role and would be better with more to do. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 25 Jan. 2022 Elsewhere in entertainment, veteran actress Vanessa Redgrave is to be made a dame, while former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, known as Mel B, was recognized for her work with domestic violence charity Women's Aid. Sylvia Hui, USA TODAY, 2 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dame

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dame

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin domina, feminine of dominus master; akin to Latin domus house — more at dome

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“Dame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dame. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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: a woman of high rank or social position

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