noun mad·am \ˈma-dəm\

—used to politely speak to a woman who you do not know

Madam —used at the start of a formal letter to a woman whose name you do not know

Madam —used when you are speaking to a woman who has a high rank or position

plural madams

Full Definition of MADAM

plural mes·dames \mā-ˈdäm, -ˈdam\ :  lady —used without a name as a form of respectful or polite address to a woman
:  mistress 1 —used as a title formerly with the given name but now with the surname or especially with a designation of rank or office <Madam Chairman> <Madam President>
:  the female head of a house of prostitution
:  the female head of a household :  wife

Examples of MADAM

  1. <the madam and I are planning to go out for a nice dinner on our anniversary>

Origin of MADAM

Middle English, from Anglo-French ma dame, literally, my lady
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Forms of Address Terms

appellation, beatitude, brethren, emeritus, esquire, sire, sous

Rhymes with MADAM

MADAMS Defined for Kids


noun mad·am \ˈma-dəm\
plural mes·dames \mā-ˈdäm, -ˈdam\

Definition of MADAM for Kids

—used without a name as a form of polite address to a woman <May I help you, madam?>

Headscratcher for MADAM

The word madam is spelled the same forwards and backwards. It is also part of a well-known phrase that is also spelled the same forwards and backwards: Madam, I'm Adam.


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