Meaning of donah in English:


(also dona)

Pronunciation /ˈdəʊnə/


informal, dated Australian, New Zealand
  • A woman or girlfriend.

    • ‘formidable fighter as he was, his donah was yet more feared’
    • ‘"I've just seen Dunstone and his donah," he said.’
    • ‘Tommy takes his donah for an evening outing.’
    • ‘He told his donah he knew all the places where they gave the best second-hand clothes in exchange for flowers.’
    • ‘He got his five shillings and took his donah out.’
    • ‘He fell more in love with his dona than ever.’


Mid 19th century originally British slang, from Spanish doña or Portuguese dona, from Latin domina ‘mistress’.