Dame definition

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(slang) A woman or girl.
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(archaic) A title given to a woman in authority or the mistress of a household: now only in personifications.

Dame Care.

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A married woman; a matron.
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Used formerly as a courtesy title for a woman in authority or a mistress of a household.
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(often offensive slang) A woman.
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An elderly woman.
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A woman holding a nonhereditary title conferred by a sovereign in recognition of personal merit or service to the country.
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The wife or widow of a knight.
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Used as the title for such a woman.
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In Great Britain.
  • The legal title of the wife of a knight or baronet.
  • The title of a woman who has received an order of knighthood.
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(UK) The equivalent title to Sir for a female knight.

Dame Edith Sitwell.

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(informal, slightly derogatory, US) A woman.

There ain't nothin' like a dame!

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A traditional character in British pantomime, a melodramatic female often played by a man in drag.
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(archaic) Lady, woman.
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An elderly or matronly woman.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dame
Plural:
dames

Origin of dame

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin domina feminine of dominus lord, master dem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English, from Old French, from Latin domina

    From Wiktionary