American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Used formerly as a courtesy title for a woman in authority or a mistress of a household.
- n. A married woman; a matron.
- n. An elderly woman.
- n. Slang A woman.
- n. Chiefly British A woman holding a nonhereditary title conferred by a sovereign in recognition of personal merit or service to the country.
- n. Chiefly British The wife or widow of a knight.
- n. Chiefly British Used as the title for such a woman.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mother.
- n. A dam: said of beasts.
- n. A woman of rank, high social position, or culture; a lady; specifically, in Great Britain, the legal title of the wife or widow of a knight or baronet.
- n. A woman in general; particularly, a woman of mature years, a married woman, or the mistress of a household: formerly often used (like the modern Mrs.) as a title, before either the surname or the Christian name.
- n. The mistress of an elementary school.
- n. In Eton, England, a woman with whom the boys board, and who has a certain care over them; sometimes, also, a man who occupies the same position.
- n. UK The equivalent title to Sir for a female knight.
- n. informal Slightly derogatory way of referring to a woman.
- n. archaic Lady, woman.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mistress of a family, who is a lady; a woman in authority; especially, a lady.
- n. The mistress of a family in common life, or the mistress of a common school.
- n. A woman in general, esp. an elderly woman.
- n. obsolete A mother; -- applied to human beings and quadrupeds.
- n. informal terms for a (young) woman
- n. a woman of refinement
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin domina (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin domina, feminine of dominus, lord, master. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He accepted this alms, and was rejoiced that he was faithful to the last to poverty, which he called his dame and his mistress; then raising his hands to heaven, he gave glory to our Lord Jesus”
“He accepted this alms, and was rejoiced that he was faithful to the last to poverty, which he called his dame and his mistress; then raising his hands to heaven, he gave glory to our Lord Jesus Christ, that, being disengaged and free from everything, he was about to go to Him.”
“Chess-players may have borrowed the word dame from the game of draughts.”
“In the animal wing a strange-looking dame is down at the end, talking to a sleepy tiger.”
“Wrongly am I called dame; but I know well that he who calls me dame knows not that I am a maid.”
“Moved out of herself by the nearness of death, the titled dame had reverted to childish days, speaking her thoughts aloud.”
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“From the reign of Robert, the son of Hugh Capet, the barons of Courtenay are conspicuous among the immediate vassals of the crown; and Joscelin, the grandson of Atho and a noble dame, is enrolled among the heroes of the first crusade.”
“182 The Amazonian dame is a favourite in folk-lore and is an ornament to poetry from the Iliad to our modern day.”
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