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  Dictionary Definition of dame

dame

1. the legal title of the wife of a knight or baronet.
2. ( cap. ) the distinctive title employed before the name of a woman who holds one of a number of honours, as a Dame of the Order of Australia.
3. Colloquial a woman.
4. Archaic. the mistress of a household.
5. Archaic. a woman of rank or authority, as a female ruler.
6. History the mistress of a school.
7. a comic representation of an old woman in a pantomime, usually played by a man.
8. ( often cap. ) the title of a nun in some orders.
[ME, from OF, from L domina mistress, lady]