don, doņa

Spanish, honorary title given to
  1. noblemen and women in which case it would be capitalized (Don Quijote de la Mancha, literary character who was a nobleman and Doña Sofía, queen of Spain);
  2. Also used to honor distinguished statesmen, leading members of society, the elderly, etc., in which case it would not be capitalized (don Miguel and doña Rosa);
  3. In the Iberian peninsula and some Latin American countries it is used to identify parish priests who are not members of religious orders, i.e. diocesan priests, (don Javier);
  4. Also used to identify religious women of contemplative orders (as in English Dame Gertrude), for example, doña Teresa de Ahumada, the well known St. Theresa of Avila.