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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
Recent Examples on the Web The hotel takes its name from Queen Margherita, who stayed there from 1900 to 1906, and channels the classic elegance of an Old World grand dame. Travel + Leisure Staff, Travel + Leisure, "Peek Inside the Rome Hotels Where Lady Gaga and More 'House of Gucci' Stars Reportedly Spent the Night," 29 Mar. 2021 In other words, the old dame’s new dress is not off-the-rack. BostonGlobe.com, "This grand old lady is almost ready to show off her new look," 27 Mar. 2021 Kyoo Eom’s August audition for his future employer ended with an invitation to head up the kitchen at this grand dame in the shadow of Georgetown University. Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 23 Mar. 2021 So for Cinderella, the boy would be Prince Charming and the dame would be not just the Evil Stepmother, but also her two daughters. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. Recap: Drop the Soap," 12 Mar. 2021 The grand dame of Chinese cooking in America: Her legendary San Francisco restaurant, the Mandarin, introduced generations of Americans to authentic Chinese provincial cooking. Washington Post, "Celebrating female leaders," 7 Mar. 2021 Streep will delight all who savor the sillier side of the Oscar-winning grand dame. Charles Mcnulty Theater Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Meryl Streep is queen of Netflix’s ‘Prom,’ an LGBTQ message musical gone Hollywood," 3 Dec. 2020 Dianne Wiest is Jennifer Peterson, a rich and supposedly dotty old dame who strikes Marla as an easy mark. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘I Care a Lot’ Review: Guardian as Grifter," 18 Feb. 2021 Jean Spangler is one such amaranthine dame, a 1940s aspiring starlet whose unsolved disappearance has more noir twists and turns than an M. Night Shyamalan adaptation of a James Ellroy novel. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "The Missing Star Spangler Girl: Inside the chilling, still unsolved disappearance of Jean Spangler," 23 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of dame was in the 13th century

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4 Apr 2021

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“Dame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dame. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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