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. See Usage Note at miss2.
- 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)