dona

[ daw-nah ]
/ ˈdɔ nɑ /
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noun

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

Origin of dona

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

Definition for dona (2 of 3)

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

Definition for dona (3 of 3)

timeo Danaos et dona ferentes

[ tim-e-oh dah-nah-ohs et doh-nah fe-ren-tes; English tim-ee-oh dan-ey-ohs et doh-nuh fuh-ren-teez ]
/ ˈtɪm ɛˌoʊ ˈdɑ nɑˌoʊs ɛt ˈdoʊ nɑ fɛˈrɛn tɛs; English ˈtɪm iˌoʊ ˈdæn eɪˌoʊs ɛt ˈdoʊ nə fəˈrɛn tiz /

Latin.

I fear the Greeks even when they bear gifts (I fear treacherous persons even when they appear to be friendly). Vergil's Aeneid: I, 2:49.
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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
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