See also: dame, damé, dáme, Damɛ, and da'me

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Dame (plural Dames)

  1. (Britain) The titular prefix given to a female knight

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  • The title "Dame" is used with the knight's given or full name, but not her family name. If Jane Smith is knighted, she is known as Dame Jane Smith or Dame Jane, never Dame Smith, and she is correctly called Dame Jane wherever she would formerly have been called Ms./Mrs./Miss Smith.
  • "Dame" is only used for a woman who holds a knighthood or baronetcy in her own right. The wife of a male knight is styled Lady with her surname.

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Etymology edit

From French dame, from Latin domina (mistress, lady). Cognate with English dame.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈdaːmə/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: Da‧me

Noun edit

Dame f (genitive Dame, plural Damen)

  1. lady (woman of good breeding and manners)
  2. lady; madam (polite term to refer to any woman)
  3. (chess, card games) queen
  4. (checkers) king
  5. (title) Dame

Usage notes edit

Concerning the use of the word as a polite term for any woman, note the following tendencies:

  • It is common to refer to a woman as Dame when one speaks of her in her presence. Frau might even be slightly impolite in such a context.
Ich glaube, die Dame war vor mir dran. — “I think this lady was in line before me.”
  • Dame used as a general term of address (“die Dame!” – madam!) marks a consciously polite way of speaking, most often heard from waiters, shop assistants, etc. Note that in this case the verb may be in the third-person plural: Wünschen die Dame noch Tee? (though wünscht is equally possible). Dame is also consciously polite when speaking about someone who is not present. In popular speech, it may be used to refer to an elderly woman but rarely to a young or middle-aged one.
  • Dame is common in some specific contexts, such as ballroom dancing.

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Chess pieces in German · Schachfiguren, Schachsteine (layout · text)
König Dame, Königin Turm Läufer Springer, Pferd, Ross, Rössel Bauer

Noun edit

Dame f (genitive Dame, no plural)
Dame n (strong, genitive Dames, no plural)

  1. (board games) draughts; checkers
    Synonyms: Damespiel n, Damenspiel n

Usage notes edit

  • The word rarely ever appears with articles, determiners, or adjectives. When it does, some speakers may construe it as feminine, others as neuter. In formal style, Damespiel is preferable in such contexts.

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