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Used as a courtesy title before the name of a woman in a Spanish-speaking area.
[Spanish, from Latin domina, feminine of dominus, lord; see don1.]
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a Portuguese title of address equivalent to Mrs or Madam: placed before a name to indicate respect
[C19: from Latin domina lady, feminine of dominus master]
Doña(ˈdɒnjə; Spanish ˈdoɲa)
a Spanish title of address equivalent to Mrs or Madam: placed before a name to indicate respect
[C17: via Spanish, from Latin domina; see Dona]
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n., pl. -nas.
1. (cap.) Madam; Lady: a Portuguese title prefixed to a woman's given name.
2. (in Portuguese-speaking countries) a lady or gentlewoman.
[1615–25; < Portuguese < Latin domina]
n., pl. -ñas.
1. (cap.) Madam; Lady: a Spanish title prefixed to a woman's given name.
2. (in Spanish-speaking countries) a lady or gentlewoman.
[1615–25; < Sp < Latin domina]
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|Noun||1.||Dona - a Spanish courtesy title or form of address for a woman; "Dona Marguerita"|
form of address, title of respect, title - an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General'; "the professor didn't like his friends to use his formal title"
Spanish - the Romance language spoken in most of Spain and the countries colonized by Spain
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