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Dame (d&ā;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, Shak.
As that proud dame, the lord protector's wife.
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.