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doña

[daw-nyah] /ˈdɔ nyɑ/
noun
1.
(initial capital letter) Madam; Lady: a Spanish title prefixed to a woman's given name.
2.
(in Spanish-speaking countries) a lady or gentlewoman.
Origin of doña
1615-1625
1615-25; < Spanish < Latin domina, feminine of dominus
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  • Dolores and her cousin were not unused to masculine society, and doña Serafina was the most good-natured of duennas.

  • doña Jocasta covered her eyes with her hand, and she seemed shaken.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • doña Perfecta herself joins in this hostility, which finally develops into a venomous bitterness that menaces his life.

  • By sunset I will have time for this mystery of the chains of doña Jocasta.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • doña Jocasta sighed, and looked from one to the other appealingly.

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  • Love and doña Jocasta were fruitful themes for the imagination of any man.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • But that last horror was too much to bear; doña Beatriz hid her face in her hands, and wept and sobbed passionately.

    The Spanish Brothers Deborah Alcock
  • “You will have the honor of conducting the doña Jocasta Perez to breakfast,” he said.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Of course doña Rita was not a woman about whom the newspapers insert little paragraphs.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • doña Jocasta stood gazing after him intently, shading her eyes with her hand.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for doña

Doña

/ˈdɒnjə; Spanish ˈdoɲa/
noun
1.
a Spanish title of address equivalent to Mrs or Madam: placed before a name to indicate respect
Word Origin
C17: via Spanish, from Latin domina; see Dona

Dona

/Portuguese ˈdõːnə/
noun
1.
a Portuguese title of address equivalent to Mrs or Madam: placed before a name to indicate respect
Word Origin
C19: from Latin domina lady, feminine of dominus master
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