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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin domina 'lady of high rank'

dame

noun
     
Related topics: Theatre
dame [countable]
1 American English old-fashioned informal a woman
2APT British English a humorous female character in a pantomime (=a special play at Christmas) who is played by a man

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