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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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Yuriko Kajiya’s Comtesse de Noailles, the fussy dame d’honneur whom the rule-weary, real-life queen derisively called Madame Etiquette, comes off as one of the court’s most interesting and multidimensional characters. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Melody Mennite powers Houston Ballet’s ‘Marie’," 17 June 2019 Patricia Altschul, legendary grand dame and the breakout star of Bravo's Southern Charm, is the arbiter of all things chic. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "Patricia Altschul's Very Specific Guide to Traveling in Style," 18 May 2019 Emma Thompson is a lot of things: an actress, a dame, a lifeforce bequeathed to humanity by the gods. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Emma Thompson Tried to Be in Star Wars," 12 June 2019 The Driskill Hotel, AustinThe Driskill in Austin, an 1800s-era grand dame near downtown, is offering up to 20 percent off for 24 hours only on November 26. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cyber Monday Travel Deals of 2018," 26 Nov. 2018 The worldwide organization claims 5,000 members, 1,500 of whom are the knights and dames of the American SMOTJ. Kristina Krug, Smithsonian, "Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templar," 28 June 2018 French president Emmanuel Macron vowed that the country would rebuild its grand dame. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Designers React to the Heartbreaking News of the Notre Dame Fire," 16 Apr. 2019 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

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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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