dame - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1


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

    Dame Joan Sutherland

    1. a.
      someone who has this title

      She became a Dame in 1990.

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  2. 2
    British a man dressed as an old woman who performs in a Christmas pantomime
  3. 3
    American informal old-fashioned a woman. It is sometimes used in a humorous way, but many women find it offensive.