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)

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