(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.
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How to use dame in a sentence
A BVA Opinion poll released Thursday, ranking France's favorite Premières Dames since 1958, put Trierweiler last.Francois Hollande Announces Breakup with First Lady Valerie Trierweiler | Tracy McNicoll | January 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Gabe tried to kick his postmodern, adolescent sense of ennui (a “lame” feeling) through members of the opposite sex (“dames”).The Best Lyrics From Daniel Day-Lewis’s Son’s Rap Song | Amy Zimmerman | November 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Password Plus: I Love Lucy and Betty As it turns out, the two grandes dames of comedy make a pretty good team!
Nothing says home and comfort like this recipe from one of my favorite grande dames of the kitchen, the legendary Alice Waters.
For nearly 70 years the magazine flourished, grew, and shifted with the times as only the most graceful of grand dames can.
The Damos (Dames) as their name indicates, are meant for the ladies, and are the smallest made.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
It is a true saying that, if there were no dames nor damsels in the world, men would be less courageous.Child Life In Town And Country | Anatole France
But, as squire of dames, Kit was too much occupied to give further heed to business in the sala.The Treasure Trail | Marah Ellis Ryan
As a reason for her lies, she said, "qu'elle avait voulu faire comme les dames que l'on avait mises dans le journal."The Sexual Life of the Child | Albert Moll
When a Sark-foot wife gets on her broomstick, the dames of Allonby are ready to mount.
British Dictionary definitions for dame (1 of 2)
(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
British Dictionary definitions for Dame (2 of 2)
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 name: Dame Judith Compare Lady
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