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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.

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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
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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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