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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. (cap.) (in Britain) the official title of a female member of the Order of the British Empire, equivalent to that of a knight. the official title of the wife of a knight or baronet.

    Category: British

  2. (formerly) a form of address to any woman of rank or authority.

  3. a matronly woman of advanced age; matron.

  4. Slang: Sometimes Offensive.a woman; female.

    Category: Status (usage)

  5. Archaic. the mistress of a household.

  6. Archaic. a woman of rank or authority, esp. a female ruler.

* Usage: Definition 4 is sometimes perceived as insulting. The context in which the word is used will usually clarify the intent of the speaker.

Origin of dame:

1175–1225; ME < OF < L domina, fem. of dominus lord, master

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dame, doll, wench, skirt, chick, bird(noun)

    informal terms for a (young) woman

  2. dame, madam, ma'am, lady, gentlewoman(noun)

    a woman of refinement

    "a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady"


  1. dame(Noun)

    The equivalent title to Sir for a female knight.

    Dame Edith Sitwell

  2. dame(Noun)

    Slightly derogatory way of referring to a woman.

    There ain't nothin' like a dame!

  3. dame(Noun)

    lady, woman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dame(noun)

    a mistress of a family, who is a lady; a woman in authority; especially, a lady

  2. Dame(noun)

    the mistress of a family in common life, or the mistress of a common school; as, a dame's school

  3. Dame(noun)

    a woman in general, esp. an elderly woman

  4. Dame(noun)

    a mother; -- applied to human beings and quadrupeds


  1. Dame

    Dame is the female equivalent of the honour of knighthood in the British honours system.. It is the equivalent form of address to "Sir" for knights. A woman appointed to the grades of Dame Commander or Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, Order of St Michael and St George, Royal Victorian Order, or the Order of the British Empire becomes a Dame. Because there is no female equivalent to a Knight Bachelor, women are always appointed to an order of chivalry. Women who are appointed to the Order of the Garter or Order of the Thistle are not given the title of "Dame" but "Lady". The youngest person to be appointed a dame was Ellen MacArthur, at the age of 28. The oldest was Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies when aged 100. A number of high-profile figures, such as actress Vanessa Redgrave, have declined the honour; see a List of people who have declined a British honour. Formerly, a knight's wife was given the title of "Dame" before her name, but this usage was replaced by "Lady" during the 17th century.

Translations for dame

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(the status of) a lady of the same rank as a knight

There were several dames at the royal wedding.

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