[ deym ]
/ deɪm /


Origin of dame

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin domina, feminine of dominus lord, master

usage note for dame

Dame is sometimes perceived as insulting when used to refer generally to a woman, unless it is a woman of rank or advanced age.
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British Dictionary definitions for dame (1 of 2)

/ (deɪm) /


(formerly) a woman of rank or dignity; lady
a nun who has taken the vows of her order, esp a Benedictine
archaic, mainly British a matronly or elderly woman
slang, mainly US and Canadian a woman
Also called: pantomime dame British the role of a comic old woman in a pantomime, usually played by a man

Word Origin for dame

C13: from Old French, from Latin domina lady, mistress of a household

British Dictionary definitions for dame (2 of 2)

/ (deɪm) /

noun (in Britain)

the title of a woman who has been awarded the Order of the British Empire or any of certain other orders of chivalry
the legal title of the wife or widow of a knight or baronet, placed before her nameDame Judith Compare Lady
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