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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 But what's with that opening voice-over narration from a stately British dame anyone would assume is Judi Dench? Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch (and skip) via VOD and Netflix this weekend," 10 Apr. 2020 Ben Elton again, and the soon-to-be grandes dames of British comedy Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders—were performing a benefit gig for the strike. Emma Thompson, Vogue, "Funny or Die: Emma Thompson Recalls Her Terrifying Plunge Into Stand-Up," 10 Oct. 2019 Being in love is ultimately no excuse for monstrous actions, even if Humbert Humbert insists on his pitiable and helpless thraldom to a middle-school dame sans merci. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "What ‘Henry Huggins’ and ‘Lolita’ can teach us about tolerance — and civil discourse," 1 Jan. 2020 Where to find the party The grand dame of the restaurant oyster roast game is Bowens Island Restaurant, located on an island between James Island and Folly Beach. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Haven't Experienced the Lowcountry Until You've Been to a Charleston Oyster Roast," 6 Feb. 2020 There’s Hispanic-themed paintings on the walls and a magnificent sculpture bust of La Catrina, the endlessly glamorous skeletal grand dame of Mexican mythology, here with a fabulous floral headdress, next to the reservation stand. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Blue Habanero opens world of tacos and more: Dining review (photos)," 5 Dec. 2019 This grand dame feels expansive and open, like a cool aunt’s Malibu beach house complete with vintage surfboards. Vogue, "What’s Old Is New Again on Block Island," 14 Aug. 2019 Around 1930, there was Edith, the dame with brains, versus not-so-bad artist Sam, whose death from meningitis came weeks after their divorce. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Edith Halpert and American Modernism," 14 Dec. 2019 And in real life, the high-end product typically comes with a society dame-worthy price tag. Mackenzie Schmidt, PEOPLE.com, "The Iconic Royal Tenenbaums Wallpaper Is Now Available in a Peel-and-Stick Version (for $69!)," 25 Sep. 2019

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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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23 Apr 2020

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“Dame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dame. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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