[ daw-nah ]
/ ˈdɔ nɑ /
(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
Other definitions for dona (2 of 2)
[ daw-nyah ]
/ ˈdɔ nyɑ /
(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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How to use dona in a sentence
Dona Keefe, the mom from Indianapolis, is all-too-familiar with this during-school, after-dinner, full-time gangster business.
In this action Dona Maria de Jesus distinguished herself; for the spirit of patriotism had not confined itself to the men.
The daughter of the house, Dona Carlota, is distinguished here by talent and cultivation beyond her fellows.
Dona Maria stole from home to the house of her own sister, who was married, and lived at a little distance.
British Dictionary definitions for dona (1 of 2)
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)
/ (ˈdɒnjə, Spanish ˈdoɲa) /
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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