- 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.
Origin of dame
Examples from the Web for dame
Over a glass (or more) of port, we toast to the Queen…and Dame Judi Dench.
Dame Diana Rigg, who plays Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, has turned tales of critical bashing into a delightful play.
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|Marlow Stern|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Angela Lansbury has been created a Dame in the Queen's New Year honors list, for services to drama and charity.
"The dame was loaded and she was an art collector, that's all," Lou said.The Old Die Rich|Horace Leonard Gold
Fortunately you are at Dame Hansen's inn, where you will have the best of food and care.Ticket No. "9672"|Jules Verne
She asked the dame how many there were in one piece of stone which she picked up, and which was about an inch square.Daisy; or, The Fairy Spectacles|Caroline Snowden Guild
If religion has nought to do with living, Dame, under your good pleasure, what has it to do with?A Forgotten Hero|Emily Sarah Holt
"It may hae been something waur, in his likeness," said Dame Glendinning.The Monastery|Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for dame (1 of 2)
Word Origin for dame
British Dictionary definitions for dame (2 of 2)
noun (in Britain)
Word Origin and History for dame
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.