dona

[ daw-nah ]
/ ˈdɔ nɑ /

noun

(initial capital letter) Madam; Lady: a Portuguese title prefixed to a woman's given name.
(in Portuguese-speaking countries) a lady or gentlewoman.

QUIZZES

THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?

Did you ever collect all those state quarters? Put them to good use on this quiz about curious state monikers and the facts around them.
Question 1 of 8
Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?

Origin of dona

1615–25; <Portuguese <Latin domina, feminine of dominus

Definition for dona (2 of 2)

doña
[ daw-nyah ]
/ ˈdɔ nyɑ /

noun

(initial capital letter) Madam; Lady: a Spanish title prefixed to a woman's given name.
(in Spanish-speaking countries) a lady or gentlewoman.

Origin of doña

1615–25; <Spanish <Latin domina, feminine of dominus
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for dona

British Dictionary definitions for dona (1 of 2)

Dona
/ (Portuguese ˈdõːnə) /

noun

a Portuguese title of address equivalent to Mrs or Madam : placed before a name to indicate respect

Word Origin for Dona

C19: from Latin domina lady, feminine of dominus master

British Dictionary definitions for dona (2 of 2)

Doña
/ (ˈdɒnjə, Spanish ˈdoɲa) /

noun

a Spanish title of address equivalent to Mrs or Madam : placed before a name to indicate respect

Word Origin for Doña

C17: via Spanish, from Latin domina; see Dona
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012