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Dom \Dom\ (d[o^]m), n. [Pg. See Don.]

  1. A title anciently given to the pope, and later to other church dignitaries and to some monastic orders. See Don, and Dan.

  2. In Portugal and Brazil, the title given to a member of the higher classes.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Etymology 1 n. A dominator (in sadomasochistic sexual practices), especially a male one. vb. (context slang Internet gaming or BDSM English) to dominate Etymology 2

n. 1 A title anciently given to the pope, and later to other church dignitaries and some monastic orders. 2 In Portugal and Brazil, the title formerly given to a member of the higher classes.


Dom or DOM may refer to:

Dom (mountain)

The Dom is a mountain of the Pennine Alps, located between Randa and Saas-Fee in the canton of Valais. With its summit it is the third highest mountain in the Alps and the second highest in Switzerland, after Monte Rosa. The Dom is the main summit of the Mischabel group (German: Mischabelhörner), which is the highest massif lying entirely in Switzerland.

Although Dom is a German cognate for 'dome', it can also mean 'cathedral' and the mountain is named after Canon Berchtold of Sitten cathedral, the first person to survey the vicinity.

The former name Mischabel comes from an ancient German dialect term for pitchfork, as the highest peaks of the massif stand close to each other.

Dom (title)

Dom is an honorific prefixed to the given name. It derives from the Latin Dominus.

It is used in English for certain Benedictine (including some communities which follow the Rule of St. Benedict) and Carthusian monks, and for members of certain communities of Canons Regular. Examples include Benedictine monks of the English Benedictine Congregation (e.g. Dom John Chapman, late Abbot of Downside). The equivalent female usage for such a cleric is " Dame" (e.g. Dame Laurentia McLachlan, late Abbess of Stanbrook, or Dame Felicitas Corrigan, author).

In Portugal and Brazil, Dom is used for certain hierarchs of the Roman Catholic Church and for laymen who belong to the royal and imperial families (for example the House of Aviz in Portugal and the House of Braganza in Portugal and Brazil). It was also accorded to members of families of the titled Portuguese nobility. Unless ennobling letters patent specifically authorised its use, Dom was not attributed to members of Portugal's untitled nobility: Since hereditary titles in Portugal descended according to primogeniture, the right to the style of Dom was the only apparent distinction between cadets of titled families and members of untitled noble families.

Dom has historically been used on occasions in French, as an honorific for Benedictine monks, such as the famous Dom Pérignon.

The feminine form, Dona, is a common honorific reserved for women, such as the First Lady of Brazil. In Brazil and Portugal, the feminine version of the honorific is broadly attributed to all women whom one means to treat with respect or whom one doesn't know - much more than Dom is to men - only in cases of nobility or high rank.

Dom (film)

Dom ( Polish for House) is a 1958 Polish short film directed by Walerian Borowczyk and Jan Lenica. The short combines live action with various animation techniques, such as stop motion, cut-out animation and pixilation.

DOM (album)

DOM is the thirteenth studio album by German singer Joachim Witt. It was released on 28 September 2012. There are several different versions including a standard version, a limited deluxe edition double album that contains an autobiography, a limited digital edition and vinyl records. This includes the sampled "Retromania" songs on the deluxe edition. The track "Gloria" was released as a single.

Usage examples of "dom".

Why would there be some other soul involved, if this was about Dom finally falling in love?

Though it made her voice enthrallingly low and mesmerizing, Dom knew that he would have to free her soon so that they could eat and then continue on to the masquerade where she was to perform.

Somehow the cravat and sapling had disappeared, and she saw that Dom was busy tracing a fingertip over the swell of her breast where it was trying to escape her insufficient robe.

He would never have agreed to Dom forging the sorts of bonds with Laris that would allow him mental control over her here on this physical plane.

Death in the hotel bar, Dom waved lackadaisically at the ancient creature and got a curt nod in return.

Henri assured them, deferring the task of seating Laris to Dom, since he was clearly intent on doing the job himself.

She had lost reason from the moment Dom took her arm at the elevator and kissed her on the cheek.

God was in Heaven, and Dom was going to be there to see her at her very best.

Laris had even noticed him that morning, and Dom could see that she had instinctively disliked having him near.

Really, Dom hated to spoil his sport but it was time to see about getting rid of him.

Perhaps Dom could find a way to speak to Enzo about it later that night.

The face was subtly different, the hair a shade darker, but Dom had encountered this scoundrel a dozen times throughout the centuries.

The Great One would not approve of murder in cold blood, and it would be an act of human dishonor, but Dom was not about to chance this new incarnation of Rychard getting his hands on Laris.

In the thrill of performing she had somehow forgotten that Dom was anything other than simply her new lover.

Laris looked up and started to ask another question, but Dom shook his head and laid a finger against her lips.