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dame (madam)

Definition:

a woman of refinement

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

dames

Type of:

woman » adult » person » organism

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

grande dame

Synonyms:

Gentlewoman | gentlewoman | Lady | lady | Ma'am | ma'am | Madam | madam | Dame | Mdm. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

Old French dame "lady, mistress, wife", from Late Latin domna, from Latin domina...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of dame...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

dame | Dame | pantomime dame [synonym, sense-specific] | lady [synonym, sense-specific]

(formerly) a woman of rank or dignity; lady | a nun who has taken the vows of her order, especially a Benedictine | [archaic, British] a matronly or ... (26 of 597 words, 7 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/dame

Wikipedia:

Dame [disambiguation]

may be: Dame (title), a female title of rank, equivalent to 'Sir' used as the title of a knight | A title of respect for certain Benedictine nuns equivalent to the male "Dom" | A pantomime dame | An old word for the game pieces in the game of draughts ... (47 of 125 words, 7 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Dame

Oxford Dictionary:

dame | Dame | pantomime dame

[British] the title given to a woman with the rank of Knight Commander or holder of the Grand Cross in the Orders of Chivalry | [archaic, humorous] : ... (27 of 116 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dame

Random House Dictionary:

dame | Dame [sense-specific]

"Dame": [British] ; the official title of a female member of the Order of ... | [archaic] a form of address to any woman of rank or authority. | a ... (28 of 101 words, 8 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/dame

Macmillan British Dictionary:

dame [countable] | dames [plural] | Dame

"Dame": used in front of the name of a woman who has been given a special honour by the British government ; someone who has this title | [British] a ... (29 of 88 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dame

Cambridge Dictionary:

Dame [entry 3]

a title used in front of a woman's name which is given in Britain as a special honour, usually for valuable work done over a long period, or a woman ... (30 of 43 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dame 3

Merriam-Webster:

salutation | salutations [plural] | Dear Sir [sense-specific] | Madam [sense-specific] | accolade [synonym, sense-specific] | citation [synonym, sense-specific] | commendation [synonym, sense-specific] | dithyramb [synonym, sense-specific] | eulogium [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

an expression of greeting, goodwill, or courtesy by word, gesture, or ceremony ; "salutations": "regards" | the word or phrase of greeting (as ... (22 of 148 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/salutation

American Heritage Dictionary:

Madam | Mdm. [abbreviation] | Mesdames [plural, sense-specific]

Used formerly as a courtesy title before a woman's given name but now used only before a surname or title indicating rank or office | Used as a ... (27 of 90 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/madam

Wiktionary:

ma'am | ma'ams [plural]

A contracted form of madam (5 of 214 words, 4 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ma'am

New World Dictionary:

ma'am [informal]

madam: used in direct address (5 of 6 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ma-am

Britannica Encyclopedia:

lady [British peerage]

in the British Isles, a general title for any peeress below the rank of duchess and also for the wife of a baronet or of a knight. Before the ... (29 of 112 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/327559​/lady

Encarta Dictionary:

Dame | Dames [plural]

the title of a woman awarded any of various orders of chivalry or merit such as the Order of the British Empire by a sovereign or government | the ... (28 of 56 words, 2 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861602495​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

dame

First use: early 13th century

Origin: Old French dame "lady, mistress, wife", from Late Latin domna, from Latin domina "lady, mistress of the house", from Latin ... (23 of 45 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=dame

Merriam-Webster:

dame

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin domina, feminine of dominus master; akin to Latin domus house

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/dame

American Heritage Dictionary:

dame

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin domina, feminine of dominus, lord, master; see dem- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dame

New World Dictionary:

dame

Origin: Middle English from Old French from Latin domina, lady, feminine of dominus, a lord: see "dominate"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dame

Collins Dictionary:

dame | Dame

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French, from Latin domina lady, mistress of a household

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/dame

Oxford Dictionary:

dame | Dame | pantomime dame

Origin: Middle English (denoting a female ruler): via Old French from Latin domina "mistress"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dame

Wiktionary:

dame | dames [plural]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin domina

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dame

Encarta Dictionary:

dame | dames [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old French and late Latin domna from Latin domina "woman in charge of the house"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861602494​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

dame | Dame

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dame"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/dame

Macmillan American Dictionary:

dame [countable] | dames [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dame"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/dame

Macmillan British Dictionary:

dame [countable] | dames [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "dame"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dame

Cambridge Dictionary:

Dame [entry 3]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "Dame"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "Dame"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dame 3

the Free Dictionary:

dame

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "dame"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "dame"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "dame" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/dame

Google Dictionary:

dame | dames [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "dame"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=dame

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

dame

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dame"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=dame​0001 word=dame

YourDictionary Audio:

dame

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dame" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dame

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