madam

noun
mad·​am | \ ˈma-dəm How to pronounce madam (audio) \
plural madams

Definition of madam

1a plural mesdames\ mā-​ˈdäm How to pronounce madam (audio) , -​ˈdam \ : lady used without a name as a form of respectful or polite address to a woman Right this way, madam.
b Madam used as a conventional form of address in the salutation of a letter
2 : mistress sense 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 ChairmanMadam President
3 : the female head of a house of prostitution
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

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Examples of madam in a Sentence

the madam and I are planning to go out for a nice dinner on our anniversary
Recent Examples on the Web Their success at eluding Daiyu’s predatory madam and the Hip Yee tong, the bloodthirsty gang that controls the brothel, is one of many junctures where Zhang’s novel seems to tilt toward a conventional redemption story. New York Times, 3 Apr. 2022 People think of a madam as being sort of an older woman who is experienced in this. ELLE, 11 Apr. 2022 The young trio migrates south to another brothel in Seoul, this one presided over by an equally beautiful but much more modern madam, Dani. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2021 The photos show the globetrotting millionaire with his alleged madam at his side on a ski trip, a beach vacation and at a cabin retreat stretching back decades. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 9 Dec. 2021 The madam was not identified by name in court papers. Larry Neumeister, USA TODAY, 16 July 2021 The madam was not identified by name in court papers. CBS News, 16 July 2021 Stanford was a one-time madam in San Francisco who later in life became the mayor of Sausalito. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2021 The madam was not identified by name in court papers. Larry Neumeister, USA TODAY, 16 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of madam

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for madam

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

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27 Apr 2022

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“Madam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/madam. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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madam

noun
mad·​am | \ ˈma-dəm How to pronounce madam (audio) \
plural mesdames\ mā-​ˈdäm , -​ˈdam \

Kids Definition of madam

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

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