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Dame (plural Dames)

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

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


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


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 notesEdit

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!), or when speaking about someone who is not present, marks a consciously polite way of speaking, most often heard from waiters, shop assistants, etc. 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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See alsoEdit

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


Dame f

  1. (board games) draughts; checkers


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Further readingEdit

  • Dame in Duden online