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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Used as a courtesy title before the name of a woman in an Italian-speaking area.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A female given name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lady; madam; mistress; -- the title given a lady in Italy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lady: as, prima donna, the first female singer in an opera, oratorio, etc.
  • n. [capitalized]A common title of respect for Italian and Portuguese ladies, and in foreign languages also for Spanish ladies (in place of Spanish Doña), prefixed to the Christian name: as, Donna Margarita.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an Italian woman of rank

Etymologies

Italian, from Latin domina; see Doña.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A 19th century invention from the Italian noun donna; also interpreted as a feminine form of Donald. (Wiktionary)

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