- (initial capital letter) (in Britain)
- the official title of a female member of the Order of the British Empire, equivalent to that of a knight.
- the official title of the wife of a knight or baronet.
- (formerly) a form of address to any woman of rank or authority.
- a matronly woman of advanced age; matron.
- Slang: Sometimes Offensive. a term used to refer to a woman: Some dame cut me off and almost caused an accident.
- Ecclesiastical. a title of a nun in certain orders.
- a mistress of a dame-school.
- Archaic. the mistress of a household.
- Archaic. a woman of rank or authority, especially a female ruler.
Origin of dame
Examples from the Web for dame
Contemporary Examples of dame
Over a glass (or more) of port, we toast to the Queen…and Dame Judi Dench.Join The Mile High (Dining) Club
September 26, 2014
Dame Diana Rigg, who plays Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, has turned tales of critical bashing into a delightful play.Diana Rigg: GOT's Queen of Thorns Speaks
August 22, 2014
That was your first big film with real actors, and several stars, like Michael Fassbender, Dame Judi Dench, etc.True Detective Director Cary Fukunaga’s Journey from Pro Snowboarder to Hollywood’s Most Wanted
February 26, 2014
In the coming weeks, Ahrendts will collect a DBE from the British Government, becoming a Dame of the British Empire.Angela Ahrendts to Become Dame; Google Glass Unveils Stylish Frames
The Fashion Beast Team
January 28, 2014
Angela Lansbury has been created a Dame in the Queen's New Year honors list, for services to drama and charity.Murder, Dame Angela Lansbury Wrote
December 31, 2013
Historical Examples of dame
If any dame sent me up for three years and then wanted money from me, do you think she'd get it?Within the Law
One of these wings was set aside for Dame Kronk and the little girl.In the Valley
This paper was my contract, and mon petit Dame explained that she was not my mother.
Mon petit Dame came downstairs, with her grave husband, and kissed me.
At that time I had no secretary, but mon petit Dame served me as such.
- (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
- 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
early 13c., from Old French dame "lady, mistress, wife," from Late Latin domna, from Latin domina "lady, mistress of the house," from Latin domus "house" (see domestic). Legal title for the wife of a knight or baronet. Slang sense of "woman" first attested 1902 in American English.