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[dom-uh-nee, doh-muh-] /ˈdɒm ə ni, ˈdoʊ mə-/
Chiefly Scot. a schoolmaster.
a pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church.
Chiefly Hudson Valley. a pastor or minister.
Origin of dominie
1605-15; variant of domine Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then there was the old Scotch dominie down at Chteau-Thierry, with the marines.

  • “You can hear me perfectly plain,” says the dominie, now kind of sad-like.

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • "Faith, 'tis nothing of the kind, Wilks," interrupted Coristine; but the dominie went on unheeding.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • In his excitement the dominie had snapped the stem of his tobacco pipe in two.

  • The dominie departed, leaving us together,—he adjusting his inexpressibles, I putting in my shoe-strings.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • "You're but a stranger in our town," interposed the dominie.

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • I recollect the dominie once, and only once, gave me a caning, about a fortnight after I went to the school.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • dominie Graves read out the names of the babies to be baptized that day.

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • At other times I held communion with the dominie, the worthy old matron, and my books.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Besides, he was more amused than he cared to own by the originality of the dominie.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for dominie


a Scot word for schoolmaster
a minister or clergyman: also used as a term of address
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dominē, vocative case of dominus lord
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