1. A mistress of a family, who is a lady; a woman in authority; especially, a lady.
Then shall these lords do vex me half so much,
As that proud dame, the lord protector's wife. --Shak.
2. The mistress of a family in common life, or the mistress of a common school; as, a dame's school.
In the dame's classes at the village school.
3. A woman in general, esp. an elderly woman.
4. A mother; -- applied to human beings and quadrupeds. [Obs.]
n 1: informal terms for a (young) woman [syn: doll, wench, skirt,
2: a woman of refinement; "a chauffeur opened the door of the
limousine for the grand lady" [syn: madam, ma'am, lady,