What Does The Title "Dom" Mean?


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Dom is a respectable title used in Portuguese. It can be also referred to as dōN. Formerly, the title was reserved for male members of the Portuguese and Brazilian royalty. It was found to precede the given name in aristocracy and hierarchy. In the Roman Catholic Church, "dom" was used a title before the names of Carthusian and Benedictine monks in major or minor orders. The word "dom" originates from the Latin word "dominus," which means "lord or master."

Dom Juan is French play made on the tale of Don Juan, penned by the noted French playwright Molière. The name of the title of the play and protagonist is erroneously titled "Don Juan". The spelling "dom" was used in early France as an abbreviation of "dominus".

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