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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

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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

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Earlier this year, at Salone del Mobile, the two grandes dames showed the kids how it’s done with a swinging nightclub cheekily called Chez Nina. Town & Country, "The Secret Worlds of Milan’s Design Illuminati," 21 Sep. 2018 However, given her ties to the Queen, her new title as a dame and her connection to the charities Harry and Meghan hold dear, her arrival in London seems fitting. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Will Likely Be Attending the Royal Wedding on Saturday," 17 May 2018 The stunning grand dames of Bad Gastein have undeniably gorgeous bones but most are uninhabited, bringing an eerie quiet to the fairy tale setting. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 This is the smallest of the Dorchester Collection's properties and, as such, the vibe is more relaxed boutique than formal grand-dame. Laura Goulden, Condé Nast Traveler, "34 Best Hotels in London," 26 Feb. 2018 In 1997, she was named a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire from the queen and made a dame in 2014 for her services to dance and musical theater. Nardine Saad, latimes.com, "Gillian Lynne, the energetic ballerina who choreographed 'Cats' and 'Phantom of the Opera,' dies at 92," 2 July 2018 Jolie, an honorary dame, attended the service at St. Paul's cathedral looking like a real-life duchess in a gray dress, fascinator, and gloves. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Had a Royal Meeting Over the Weekend and We Missed It," 26 Nov. 2018 But anytime a red-blooded boy like Captain Kirk gets a beautiful dame in his arms like Lt. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "50 years ago, Star Trek’s history was sealed with the Uhura-Kirk kiss," 22 Nov. 2018 Those fabulous Park and Fifth Avenue apartments of the great dames of the Upper East Side. The Editors, ELLE Decor, "Remembering Mario Buatta: Designers, Colleagues, and Clients Share Their Memories of the "Prince of Chintz"," 16 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of dame

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


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Kids Definition of dame

: a woman of high rank or social position

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