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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dame  \Dame\  (d[=a]m),  n.  [F.  dame,  LL  domna,  fr  L.  domina 
  mistress,  lady,  fem.  of  dominus  master,  ruler,  lord;  akin  to 
  domare  to  tame,  subdue.  See  {Tame},  and  cf  {Dam}  a  mother, 
  {Dan},  {Danger},  {Dungeon},  {Dominie},  {Don},  n.,  {Duenna}.] 
  1.  A  mistress  of  a  family,  who  is  a  lady;  a  woman  in 
  authority;  especially,  a  lady. 
 
  Then  shall  these  lords  do  vex  me  half  so  much  As 
  that  proud  dame,  the  lord  protector's  wife.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  The  mistress  of  a  family  in  common  life,  or  the  mistress 
  of  a  common  school;  as  a  dame's  school. 
 
  In  the  dame's  classes  at  the  village  school. 
  --Emerson. 
 
  3.  A  woman  in  general,  esp.  an  elderly  woman. 
 
  4.  A  mother;  --  applied  to  human  beings  and  quadrupeds. 
  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dame 
  n  1:  informal  terms  for  a  (young)  woman  [syn:  {doll},  {wench},  {skirt}, 
  {chick},  {bird}] 
  2:  a  woman  of  refinement  [syn:  {madam},  {madame},  {ma'am},  {lady}, 
  {gentlewoman}] 




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