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dominie Syllabification: dom·i·nie
Pronunciation: /ˈdämənē/ /ˈdō-/

Definition of dominie in English:

noun (plural dominies)

1Scottish A schoolmaster.
Example sentences
  • It is a sound reaching back to the farthest recesses of his throat, to an Etonian schooling in the late 1940s, and to classroom discipline as a Bo'ness Academy dominie in the late 1950s.
  • When she learns that he has been secretly having an affair with the tutor she joins her in attempting to oust the hapless dominie.
  • By over-professionalising we exclude mature folk whose experience would make them better dominies in a typical housing estate than a young graduate.
2chiefly US A pastor or clergyman.


Late 17th century: alteration of Latin domine! (vocative) 'master!, sir!', from dominus 'lord' (formerly used as a polite form of address to a clergyman or member of one of the professions).

Words that rhyme with dominie

hominy, Melpomene

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