lLady = Dame versus Woman = Frau

There is a significant enough difference between "Dame" and "Frau". "Die Dame" is best translated to "lady" and "madam" whereas "Die Frau" is best translated to "woman". One is more reverential and respectful than the other.

March 12, 2012


Is this also the case with "Herr" and "Mann"?

July 4, 2012

I heard that addressing someone as Mein Herr or Meine Dame is considered a bit old-fashioned for daily conversation; is there an alternative?

August 18, 2013

2Kelli: Yes, I think so.

July 11, 2012

Herr is Gentleman, Dame is Lady, as in "ladies and gentlemen," "meine Damen und Herren." Also, in the medieval recreation group I belong to (the Society for Creative Anachronisms) we commonly refer to each other as "my Lord" and "my Lady," which would be Herr and Dame rather than Mann and Frau (which is more like "man and wife" even though they also mean "man and woman.") At least, that is my understanding of the distinction.

March 13, 2013

I agree with Julika-very well explained

November 26, 2012
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