ma'am

noun
\ˈmam, after "yes" often əm\

Definition of ma'am 

: madam

Examples of ma'am in a Sentence

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But there's something in my room that doesn't feel right ma'am. Country Living, "Some Seriously Eerie Things Happened To Me At This Classic San Francisco Hotel," 26 Oct. 2016 Please, please, please. Operator: Alright, help is on the way, ma'am. CBS News, ""39 Days": How Parkland shooting survivors turned grief into action," 24 Mar. 2018 But like much of the South, please, thank you, sir, ma'am, and a good helping of eye contact are all the norm. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Essential Things to Know Before You Visit Nashville," 26 Feb. 2018 Josh Hedrick [in court]: Give us your name please, ma'am. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Raynella Leath: The Widow on Solway Road," 30 Sep. 2017 Prosecutor Heeter: Were you in the courtroom-- Nicky Carnes: No, ma'am. CBS News, "Obsessed," 23 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of ma'am

1668, in the meaning defined above

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ma'am

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ma'am

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

—used to speak to the Queen or to a woman of high rank in the police or military

ma'am

noun
\ˈmam \

Kids Definition of ma'am

: madam

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