- a polite term of address for a woman, esp one considered to be of relatively high social status
- a woman who runs a brothel
- Brit informal a precocious or pompous little girl
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
mad•ams for 2.
- a respectful term of address to a woman:[often: Madam]Please step this way, Madam.
- a woman in charge of a brothel.
mad•ams for 2, 3.
- (often cap.) a polite term of address to a woman, originally used only to a woman of rank or authority:Madam President; May I help you, madam?
- the woman in charge of a household:Is the madam at home?
- the woman in charge of a house of prostitution.
- Old French, origin, originally ma dame my lady; see dame
- Middle English madame 1250–1300