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

  • n. Used formerly as a title for male members of Portuguese and Brazilian royalty, aristocracy, and hierarchy, preceding the given name.
  • n. Roman Catholic Church Used as a title before the names of Benedictine and Carthusian monks in major or minor orders.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A diminutive of the male given name Dominic
  • proper n. An Indo-Aryan ethnic group.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A title anciently given to the pope, and later to other church dignitaries and to some monastic orders. See don, and dan.
  • n. In Portugal and Brazil, the title given to a member of the higher classes.

Etymologies

Portuguese, from Latin dominus, lord, master; see dem- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortening. (Wiktionary)
Related to Rom and Lom. (Wiktionary)

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