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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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(Portuguese ˈdõːnə)
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]


(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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(ˈdɔ nɑ)

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]


(ˈdɔ nyɑ)

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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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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It was not Tremolino's fault that the syndicate depended so much on the wit and wisdom and the information of Dona Rita.
In answer to his politely sinister, prolonged glance of inquiry, I overheard Dona Rita murmuring, with some confusion and annoyance, "VOUS ETES BETE MON CHER.
Dressed in shore-togs, a white starched shirt, black jacket, and round hat, as I took him once to see Dona Rita, he was extremely presentable.
It was precisely to confer on that matter with Dona Rita that Captain Blunt had been despatched from Headquarters.
Their purpose explains the intimate tone given to their first conversation and the sudden introduction of Dona Rita's history.
They then asked the landlord if by any chance a youth of about fifteen years of age had come to that inn, one dressed like a muleteer, and of such and such an appearance, describing that of Dona Clara's lover.
It was by this time broad daylight; and for that reason, as well as in consequence of the noise Don Quixote had made, everybody was awake and up, but particularly Dona Clara and Dorothea; for they had been able to sleep but badly that night, the one from agitation at having her lover so near her, the other from curiosity to see him.
Dorothea at this instant came out of her room, followed by Dona Clara all in a tremor; and calling Cardenio aside, she told him in a few words the story of the musician and Dona Clara, and he at the same time told her what had happened, how his father's servants had come in search of him; but in telling her so, he did not speak low enough but that Dona Clara heard what he said, at which she was so much agitated that had not Dorothea hastened to support her she would have fallen to the ground.
"Senor, I have no more to tell you than that from the moment when, through heaven's will and our being near neighbours, I first saw Dona Clara, your daughter and my lady, from that instant I made her the mistress of my will, and if yours, my true lord and father, offers no impediment, this very day she shall become my wife.
A few feet away, Christopher's father, Paul Dona, stood beside his wife, Maryann; daughter, Melissa; and son Brian.
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