madam

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noun mad·am \ˈma-dəm\

Definition of madam

plural

madams

  1. 1 plural mesdamesplay \mā-ˈdäm, -ˈdam\ :  lady —used without a name as a form of respectful or polite address to a woman Right this way, madam.

  2. 2 :  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

  3. 3 :  the female head of a house of prostitution

  4. 4 :  the female head of a household :  wife every once in a while the madam and I will order a book that we've read about — H. S. Truman

Examples of madam in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of madam

Middle English, from Anglo-French ma dame, literally, my lady


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Forms of Address Terms


MADAM Defined for English Language Learners

madam

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noun

Definition of madam for English Language Learners

  • —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


MADAM Defined for Kids

madam

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noun mad·am \ˈma-dəm\

Definition of madam for Students

plural

mesdames

\mā-ˈdäm, -ˈdam\
  1. —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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