Dame

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See also: dame, damé, dáme, and Damɛ

English[edit]

Noun[edit]

Dame ‎(plural Dames)

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

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdaːmə/
  • 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

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

Noun[edit]

Dame n ‎(invariable, no plural)

  1. (board games) draughts; checkers

Usage notes[edit]

  • This word is not inflected and generally cannot take any articles, determiners, or adjectives. If such words were used with it, they would take neuter forms: Er spielt ein gutes Dame. (“He plays good checkers.”) This is grammatically doubtful, however. The full form Damespiel is preferable in such contexts.

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