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Don·na

 (dŏn′ə, dōn′nä)
n.
Used as a courtesy title before the name of a woman in an Italian-speaking area.

[Italian, from Latin domina; see Doña.]
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Donna

(ˈdɒnə; Italian ˈdɔnna)
n
an Italian title of address equivalent to Madam, indicating respect
[C17: from Italian, from Latin domina lady, feminine of dominus lord, master]
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don•na

(ˈdɔn nɑ)

n., pl. -nas.
1. (cap.) Madam; Lady: an Italian title of respect prefixed to the given name of a woman.
2. an Italian lady.
[1660–70; < Italian < Latin domina, feminine of dominus]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.donna - an Italian woman of rankdonna - an Italian woman of rank    
Italian - the Romance language spoken in Italy
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
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References in classic literature ?
This was especially the case when the pleasure was a delicate one, as his pleasures mostly were; and on this occasion the moment he looked forward to was so rare and exquisite in quality that--well, if he had timed his arrival in accord with the prima donna's stage-manager he could not have entered the Academy at a more significant moment than just as she was singing: "He loves me--he loves me not--HE LOVES ME!--" and sprinkling the falling daisy petals with notes as clear as dew.
Our young prima donna shall come in the evening, and sing to us.
Tupman said nothing; but he thought of Donna Christina, the stomach pump, and the fountain; and his eyes filled with tears.
Raoul, of course, was the first to be astonished at the prima donna's absence.
"I binna frighted at Adam," said Ben, "but I donna mind sayin' as I'll let 't alone at your askin', Seth."
Never had Anna of Austria appeared to him so beautiful, amid balls, fetes, or carousals, as she appeared to him at this moment, dressed in a simple robe of white satin, and accompanied by Donna Estafania-- the only one of her Spanish women who had not been driven from her by the jealousy of the king or by the persecutions of Richelieu.