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[daw-nyah] /ˈdɔ nyɑ/
(initial capital letter) Madam; Lady: a Spanish title prefixed to a woman's given name.
(in Spanish-speaking countries) a lady or gentlewoman.
Origin of doña
1615-25; < Spanish < Latin domina, feminine of dominus Unabridged
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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 Inez clasped her hands together and wrung them in distress.

    A Middy of the King Harry Collingwood
  • doña Perfecta herself joins in this hostility, which finally develops into a venomous bitterness that menaces his life.

  • There was a loud outcry in a woman's voice,—the voice of doña Orosia.

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • doña Jocasta sighed, and looked from one to the other appealingly.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Then, for the first time since I had taken my seat beside her, doña Orosia spoke to me.

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • 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
  • Did you not promise doña Orosia to deliver me to my friends?

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • Of course doña Rita was not a woman about whom the newspapers insert little paragraphs.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • The second was a saddle mule, on which rode doña Isidora and Leona.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for doña


/ˈdɒnjə; Spanish ˈdoɲa/
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


/Portuguese ˈdõːnə/
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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