1. A mistress of a family, who is a lady; a womam 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."
3. A woman in general, especially. An elderly woman.
4. A mother; applied to human beings and quadrupeds.
Origin: 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 mother, Dan, Danger, Dangeon, Dungeon, Dominie, Don, Duenna.
(01 Mar 1998)