Definitions for: Dame


[n] informal terms for a (young) woman
[n] a woman of refinement; "a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady"



Webster (1913) Definition: Dame (d[=a]m), n. [F. dame, LL. domna, fr. L. domina
mistress, lady, fem. of dominus master, ruler, lord; akin to
domare to tame, subdue. See Tame, and cf. Dam a mother,
Dan, Danger, Dungeon, Dominie, Don, n., Duenna.]
1. A mistress of a family, who is a lady; a woman in
authority; especially, a lady.

Then shall these lords do vex me half so much, As
that proud dame, the lord protector's wife. --Shak.

2. The mistress of a family in common life, or the mistress
of a common school; as, a dame's school.

In the dame's classes at the village school.
--Emerson.

3. A woman in general, esp. an elderly woman.

4. A mother; -- applied to human beings and quadrupeds.
[Obs.] --Chaucer.

Synonyms: bird, chick, doll, gentlewoman, lady, ma'am, madam, skirt, wench

See Also: adult female, fille, girl, grande dame, madame, miss, missy, woman, young lady, young woman

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