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dona

[daw-nah] /ˈdɔ nɑ/
noun
1.
(initial capital letter) Madam; Lady: a Portuguese title prefixed to a woman's given name.
2.
(in Portuguese-speaking countries) a lady or gentlewoman.
Origin of dona
1615-1625
1615-25; < Portuguese < Latin domina, feminine of dominus

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
1615-25; < Spanish < Latin domina, feminine of dominus

timeo Danaos et dona ferentes

[tim-e-oh dah-nah-ohs et doh-nah fe-ren-tes; English tim-ee-oh dan-ey-ohs et doh-nuh fuh-ren-teez] /ˈtɪm ɛˌoʊ ˈdɑ nɑˌoʊs ɛt ˈdoʊ nɑ fɛˈrɛn tɛs; English ˈtɪm iˌoʊ ˈdæn eɪˌoʊs ɛt ˈdoʊ nə fəˈrɛn tiz/
Latin.
1.
I fear the Greeks even when they bear gifts (I fear treacherous persons even when they appear to be friendly). Vergil's Aeneid: I, 2:49.
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  • dona Keefe, the mom from Indianapolis, is all-too-familiar with this during-school, after-dinner, full-time gangster business.

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Historical Examples
  • Does the coster actually worship his 'dona' with so fine a chivalry?

    Prose Fancies Richard Le Gallienne
  • "I will obey you in all things, dona Margaret," he answered humbly.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • dona Luisa would weep, touched by the heartrending tales of the messenger.

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  • Each, lying like dona Brites on an altar-tomb, is clad in full armour.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
  • dona Perfecta looked at them as a general looks at his trusty body-guard.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • Gaspar Ruiz saw the dark eyes of dona Erminia look down at him.

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  • dona was bending over the carriage holding the frail little hand that Eric offered.

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  • He would cherish her, he said, in a splendour as great as dona Emilia's.

  • I had to tell him that dona Antonia, as a matter of fact, was not back in town yet.

British Dictionary definitions for 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

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
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