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noun [countable]     dame pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    American informal old-fashioned a woman. It is sometimes used in a humorous way, but many women find it offensive.
  2. 2


    used in front of the name of a woman who has been given a special honor by the British government

    Dame Joan Sutherland

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    1. a.
      someone who has this title

      She became a Dame in 1990.

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  3. 3
    British a man dressed as an old woman who performs in a Christmas pantomime show


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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