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See also: dame, damé, dáme, and Damɛ



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). Cognate with English dame.


  • 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 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!), 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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Chess pieces in German · Schachfiguren, Schachsteine (layout · text)
♚ ♛ ♜ ♝ ♞ ♟
König Dame, Königin Turm Läufer Springer, Pferd, Ross, Rössel Bauer


Dame f or n (strong, genitive Dame or 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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