dona

noun (1)
do·​na | \ ˈdō-nə How to pronounce dona (audio) \

Definition of dona

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a Portuguese or Brazilian woman of rank used as a title prefixed to the Christian name

doña

noun (2)
do·​ña | \ ˈdō-nyə How to pronounce doña (audio) \

Definition of doña (Entry 2 of 2)

: a Spanish woman of rank used as a title prefixed to the Christian name

First Known Use of dona

Noun (1)

circa 1897, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1606, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dona

Noun (1)

Portuguese, from Latin domina lady — more at dame

Noun (2)

Spanish, from Latin domina

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“Dona.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dona. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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