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[n] informal terms for a (young) woman
[n] a woman of refinement; "a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady"

Misc. Definitions

\Dame\ (d[=a]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, 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. --Emerson.
3. A woman in general, esp. an elderly woman.
4. A mother; -- applied to human beings and quadrupeds. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

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