- When you want to greet a woman formally who has just arrived at your restaurant for brunch, this is an example of a time when you might say "Good morning madam."
- When you are writing a formal business letter to a woman from whom you are trying to solicit business, this is an example of a situation where you might say "Dear Madam."
- A woman who is running a brothel where prostitutes work for money is an example of a madam.
The definition of madam is a respectful title for a woman, or a woman who runs a house of prostitution.
- a polite term of address to a woman, specif.,
- one used in the salutation of a formal letter: Dear Madam
- one used before the title of an office or position: Madam President
- the mistress of a household
- ⌂ a woman in charge of a brothel
Origin of madamFrench madame, origin, originally ma dame ; from Classical Latin mea domina, my lady: see dame
- pl. Mes·dames Used formerly as a courtesy title before a woman's given name but now used only before a surname or title indicating rank or office: Madam Ambassador.
- Used as a salutation in a letter: Dear Madam or Sir.
- madam Used as a form of polite address for a woman: Right this way, madam.
- madam The mistress of a household.
- madam A woman who manages a brothel.
Origin of MadamMiddle English madame, from Old French ma dame; see Madame.
(plural madams or mesdames)
- A polite form of address for a woman or lady.
- The mistress of a household.
- (colloquial) A conceited or quarrelsome girl.
- Selina kept pushing and shoving during musical chairs. The nursery school teacher said she was a bad-tempered little madam.
- (slang) A woman who runs a brothel.
- After she grew too old to work as a prostitute, she became a madam.