(initial capital letter) Madam; Lady: an Italian title of respect prefixed to the given name of a woman.
an Italian lady.

Origin of donna

1660–70; < Italian < Latin domina, feminine of dominus




a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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an Italian title of address equivalent to Madam, indicating respect

Word Origin for Donna

C17: from Italian, from Latin domina lady, feminine of dominus lord, master
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Word Origin and History for donna


fem. proper name, from Italian, literally "lady," from Latin domina (see dame).

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