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doña

[daw-nyah] /ˈdɔ nyɑ/
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.
Origin of doña
1615-1625
1615-25; < Spanish < Latin domina, feminine of dominus
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  • By sunset I will have time for this mystery of the chains of doña Jocasta.

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  • Rotil had stated that the escort of doña Jocasta must be as complete as could be arranged.

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  • Love and doña Jocasta were fruitful themes for the imagination of any man.

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  • “It sounds of death,” murmured doña Jocasta, and made the sign of the cross.

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  • “It is an honor that I may bid you welcome to your own estate, doña Jocasta,” he said grimly.

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  • If doña Jocasta has a clear memory of that boasting, she may save a life for me.

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  • This offer from Perez is to go into the keeping of doña Jocasta.

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  • “As to that, I think his light heart is not so light these days,” said doña Jocasta.

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  • doña Jocasta stood gazing after him intently, shading her eyes with her hand.

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  • doña Jocasta herself had asked no question and taken no interest in them.

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British Dictionary definitions for doña

Doña

/ˈdɒnjə; Spanish ˈdoɲa/
noun
1.
a Spanish title of address equivalent to Mrs or Madam: placed before a name to indicate respect
Word Origin
C17: via Spanish, from Latin domina; see Dona

Dona

/Portuguese ˈdõːnə/
noun
1.
a Portuguese title of address equivalent to Mrs or Madam: placed before a name to indicate respect
Word Origin
C19: from Latin domina lady, feminine of dominus master
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