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dame /deɪm/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. British Terms[Dame] (in Britain)
    • the official title of a woman who holds a rank equivalent to that of a knight:Dame Anne Hathaway.
  2. a matronly woman of advanced age;
    matron.
  3. Slang Terms[(sometimes offensive).]a woman;
    female.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
dame  (dām),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. British Terms(cap.) (in Britain)
    • the official title of a female member of the Order of the British Empire, equivalent to that of a knight.
    • the official title of the wife of a knight or baronet.
  2. (formerly) a form of address to any woman of rank or authority.
  3. a matronly woman of advanced age;
    matron.
  4. Slang Termsa woman;
    female.
  5. Religion[Eccles.]a title of a nun in certain orders.
  6. Educationa mistress of a dame-school.
  7. [Archaic.]the mistress of a household.
  8. [Archaic.]a woman of rank or authority, esp. a female ruler.
  • Latin domina, feminine of dominus lord, master
  • Old French
  • Middle English 1175–1225


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

Dame /deɪm/ n (in Britain)
  1. the title of a woman who has been awarded the Order of the British Empire or any of certain other orders of chivalry
  2. the legal title of the wife or widow of a knight or baronet, placed before her name



dame /deɪm/ n
  1. (formerly) a woman of rank or dignity; lady
  2. archaic chiefly Brit a matronly or elderly woman
  3. slang chiefly US Canadian a woman
  4. Also called: pantomime dame Brit the role of a comic old woman in a pantomime, usually played by a man
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Latin domina lady, mistress of a household



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