Dame

lady [noun] [de dame, de dames] [‘daa-mu’]

To make up for DWOTD 264. Wijf, we close the week with "dame".
"Dame" has a very positive connotation in Dutch and evokes the association of decency and elegance.

The plural "dames" is very common as a form of address, contrary to the singular "dame". Its usage is quite similar to the English lady.

"Dame" can also be used for the "queen" in the game of chess.

Examples:
– "Dames en heren, mag ik even uw aandacht?"
("Ladies and gentlemen, may I please have your attention?")

– "<tegen je vriendin:> Hé mooi dame!"
("<to your girDamestoiletlfriend:> Hey beautiful lady!")

– "Pardon, kunt u mij zeggen waar ik het damestoilet kan vinden?"
("Excuse me, can you tell me where I can find the Ladies’ toilet/room?")

– "Het buurmeisje wordt al een echte dame, vind je niet?"
("The girl next door is becoming a real lady, don’t you think so?")

– "In het damestennis wordt sinds het debuut van Monica Seles flink gekreund."
("Since the debut of Monica Seles, there is considerable grunting in ladies tennis."Linda_de_mol_1
)

Related words:
– "Damesblad": women’s magazine. Common ones are "Margriet", "Libelle", "Viva" and "Linda" (by the
Dutch actress and tv hostess "Linda de Mol" who is apparantly also very successful in Germany).
– "Dame van lichte zeden": prostitute. Literally "Lady of easy virtue".