dame: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (dām), [key]
— n.
  1. (cap.) (in Britain)
    1. the official title of a female member of the Order of the British Empire, equivalent to that of a knight.
    2. the official title of the wife of a knight or baronet.
  2. (formerly) a form of address to any woman of rank or authority.
  3. a matronly woman of advanced age; matron.
  4. a woman; female.
  5. a title of a nun in certain orders.
  6. a mistress of a dame-school.
  7. the mistress of a household.
  8. a woman of rank or authority, esp. a female ruler.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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