D/S (Dating Term)

What Does D/S Mean?

D/S or D/s means "Dominance and Submission". It is commonly written with an uppercase D and a lowercase s to signify Dominant and submissive.

D/s is one element of BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, and Sadomasochism). D/s contrasts with sadomasochism as D/s partners tend to enjoy the power aspect rather than the physical sensations (i.e., the "pains") associated with sadomasochism.

In D/s partnerships, one partner usually dominates, or shows power over, the other, but the power is sometimes "switched" too. In other words, a person can identify as dominant, submissive, or switch.

It is common for couples not be D/s all the time but only occasionally, and such occasions often involve role play involving power-based roles, such as doctors and nurses, teacher and student, or guard and prisoner.

Summary of Key Points

D/S means "Dominance and Submission". This is the most common meaning for D/S on online dating sites, such as Craigslist, Tinder, Zoosk and Match.com, as well as in texts and on chat forums.

Definition:Dominance and Submission
3: Guessable
Typical Users:

Image for D/S

When I write D/S, I mean this:

meaning of D/S
Dominance and Submission


Examples of D/S in Sentences

Here is an example of D/s used online:
  • Male, 29, D/s, Employed, Clean.

Example of D/S Used in a Text


See Also

Digital Dating Abbreviations, Acronyms & Slang Terms