(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
(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
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]
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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Examples from the Web for dona
Contemporary Examples of dona
Dona Keefe, the mom from Indianapolis, is all-too-familiar with this during-school, after-dinner, full-time gangster business.
Historical Examples of dona
"I will obey you in all things, Dona Margaret," he answered humbly.
The Cross, however, is out of fashion, and so is the Dona Dulcinea motive.
Each, lying like Dona Brites on an altar-tomb, is clad in full armour.
Gaspar Ruiz saw the dark eyes of Dona Erminia look down at him.
I had to tell him that Dona Antonia, as a matter of fact, was not back in town yet.
British Dictionary definitions for dona
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
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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