madam

noun mad·am \ ˈma-dəm \

Definition of madam

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

Examples of madam in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of madam

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

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MADAM Defined for English Language Learners

madam

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

noun mad·am \ ˈma-dəm \

Definition of madam for Students

plural mesdames \mā-ˈdäm, -ˈdam\
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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