ma·​dame | \ mə-ˈdam How to pronounce madame (audio) , ma-ˈdam, before a surname also ˈma-dəm\

Definition of madame

1 plural mesdames\ mā-​ˈdäm How to pronounce mesdames (audio) , -​ˈdam\ used as a title equivalent to Mrs. for a married woman not of English-speaking nationality
2 plural madames : madam sense 3

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Had a great time working on Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome’s show, Another Period, as a madame at a brothel teaching Michael Ian Black how to masturbate. Erika Harwood, Vanities, "My Grams: Michaela Watkins is in Love with Mark Hamill," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of madame

circa 1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for madame

French, from Old French ma dame

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English Language Learners Definition of madame

used like Mrs. as a title for a married Frenchwoman


ma·​dame | \ mə-ˈdam, ma-ˈdam, before a surname also ˈma-dəm\
plural mesdames or madames\ mā-​ˈdäm , -​ˈdam \

Kids Definition of madame

used as a title that means Mrs. for a married woman who is not of an English-speaking nationality

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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