Madam meaning

mădəm
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A woman in charge of a brothel.
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A woman who manages a brothel.
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Used as a salutation in a letter.

Dear Madam or Sir.

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The definition of madam is a respectful title for a woman, or a woman who runs a house of prostitution.

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.

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A polite term of address to a woman.
  • One used in the salutation of a formal letter.
    Dear Madam.
  • One used before the title of an office or position.
    Madam President.
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(slang) A woman who runs a brothel.

After she grew too old to work as a prostitute, she became a madam.

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The mistress of a household.
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A polite form of address for a woman or lady.

Mrs Grey wondered if the outfit she was trying on made her look fat. The sales assistant just said, “It suits you, madam".

Later, Mrs Grey was sitting in her favourite tea shop. “Would madam like the usual cream cakes and patisserie with her tea?" the waitress asked.

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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.

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Used as a form of polite address for a woman.

Right this way, madam.

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The mistress of a household.
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(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.

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Origin of madam

  • Middle English madame from Old French ma dame Madame

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French madame, from ma "˜my' + dame "˜lady', from post-classical Latin mea domina.

    From Wiktionary