Pronunciation Noun

dame (plural dames)

  1. (Britain) Usually capitalized as Dame: a title#Noun|title equivalent to Sir for a female#Adjective|female knight#Noun|knight.
    Dame Edith Sitwell
  2. (Britain) A matron at a school#Noun|school, especially Eton College.
  3. (Britain, theater) In traditional pantomime: a melodramatic female#Noun|female often play#Verb|played by a man#Noun|man in drag#Noun|drag.
  4. (US, dated, informal, slightly, derogatory) A woman.
  5. (archaic) A lady, a woman.
    • 1576, George Whetstone, “The Castle of Delight: […]”, in The Rocke of Regard, Diuided into Foure Parts. [...], Imprinted at London: [By H. Middleton] for Robert Waley, OCLC 837515946 ↗; republished in J[ohn] P[ayne] Collier, editor, The Rocke of Regard, Diuided into Foure Parts. [...] (Illustrations of Early English Poetry; vol. 2, no. 2), London: Privately printed, [1867?], OCLC 706027473 ↗, page 55 ↗:
      Now, thou, deare dame, that workſte theſe ſweete effectes in mee, / Vouchsafe my zeale, that onely ſeeke to ſerve and honour thee.
Synonyms Related terms Translations
  • Portuguese: dama
  • Russian: ле́ди
  • Russian: да́мочка
  • Portuguese: dama
  • Russian: да́ма


dame (plural dames)

  1. (British) The titular prefix given to a female knight

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