\ˈdām \

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 : an elderly woman

b : woman

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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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That year, Jolie was also named an honorary dame by Queen Elizabeth II, which allows her to attend royal events such as the St. Paul's ceremony. Eileen Reslen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Gets Emotional at London War Memorial in Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Her Royal Event," 29 June 2018 The actress was made an honorary dame in the order by the Queen in 2014, The Telegraph reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Attends a Royal Event in London with Duchess-Worthy Style," 28 June 2018 These dames de voyage were deemed preferable to homosexuality. Waldemar Januszczak, A-LIST, "Kate Moss: The Golden Girl," 1 July 2018 The Brits make a strong showing, with Andrew Garfield (Angels in America), Tom Hollander (Travesties), Mark Rylance (Farinelli and the King), and grandes dames Glenda Jackson (Three Tall Women) and Diana Rigg (My Fair Lady). Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "Before They Were Nominated for 2018 Tony Awards, They Were in Vogue," 8 June 2018 Lynn Wyatt; Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis—these are the only grandes dames left. Sadie Stein, Town & Country, "The Revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses and the Evolution of the Society Grand Dame," 20 Sep. 2016 There are grand dames like the exquisite Palace Hotel and the stately Fairmont, and then a whole lot of bland, beige-carpeted corporate ones. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Phoenix Hotel Might Just Make San Francisco a Hotel City," 4 June 2018 No stop in Soho would be complete without a visit to the glorious Liberty of London, an emporium of good taste, eccentric prints and textiles and one of London’s grand dames. Tom Marchant, Harper's BAZAAR, "103 Things to Do, See, Eat and Shop in London," 7 Dec. 2017 The knights and dames who join them wear white mantles with red crosses. Kristina Krug, Smithsonian, "Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templar," 28 June 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

: 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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