a married woman: French title equivalent to Mrs.: used in English as a title of respect for a distinguished woman or generally for any foreign married woman: abbrev. Mme, Mdme
Origin of madameFr: see madam
nounpl. Mes·dames Abbr. Mme
- Used as a courtesy title before the surname or full name of a woman, especially a married woman, in a French-speaking area: Madame Cartier; Madame Jacqueline Cartier.
- madame Used as a form of polite address for a woman in a French-speaking area.
Origin of MadameFrench, from Old French ma dame : ma, my (from Latin mea, feminine of meus; see me-1 in Indo-European roots) + dame, lady (from Latin domina, feminine of dominus, lord, master of a household; see dem- in Indo-European roots).
(plural madams or mesdames)