Definition of dame noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//deɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//deɪm//
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  1. 1 Dame (in Britain) a title given to a woman as a special honour because of the work she has done Dame Maggie Smith She was made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. see also grande dame
  2. 2(old-fashioned, North American English, informal) a woman
  3. 3= pantomime dame
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a female ruler): via Old French from Latin domina ‘mistress’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dame