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dona

[daw-nah]
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noun
  1. (initial capital letter) Madam; Lady: a Portuguese title prefixed to a woman's given name.
  2. (in Portuguese-speaking countries) a lady or gentlewoman.
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Origin of dona

1615–25; < Portuguese < Latin domina, feminine of dominus

doña

[daw-nyah]
noun
  1. (initial capital letter) Madam; Lady: a Spanish title prefixed to a woman's given name.
  2. (in Spanish-speaking countries) a lady or gentlewoman.
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Origin of doña

1615–25; < Spanish < Latin domina, feminine of dominus

timeo Danaos et dona ferentes

[tim-e-oh dah-nah-ohs et doh-nah fe-ren-tes; English tim-ee-oh dan-ey-ohs et doh-nuh fuh-ren-teez]
Latin.
  1. I fear the Greeks even when they bear gifts (I fear treacherous persons even when they appear to be friendly). Vergil's Aeneid: I, 2:49.
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Examples from the Web for dona

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  • "I will obey you in all things, Dona Margaret," he answered humbly.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • The Cross, however, is out of fashion, and so is the Dona Dulcinea motive.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Each, lying like Dona Brites on an altar-tomb, is clad in full armour.

    Portuguese Architecture

    Walter Crum Watson

  • Gaspar Ruiz saw the dark eyes of Dona Erminia look down at him.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • I had to tell him that Dona Antonia, as a matter of fact, was not back in town yet.


British Dictionary definitions for dona

Dona

noun
  1. a Portuguese title of address equivalent to Mrs or Madam : placed before a name to indicate respect
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin domina lady, feminine of dominus master

Doña

noun
  1. a Spanish title of address equivalent to Mrs or Madam : placed before a name to indicate respect
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Word Origin

C17: via Spanish, from Latin domina; see Dona
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