madam

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 /ˈmædəm/


For the noun: madam
Plural form: madams, mesdames

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
mad•am /ˈmædəm/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  mes•dames /meɪˈdæm, -ˈdɑm/USA pronunciation  for 1;
mad•ams  for 2.
  1. a respectful term of address to a woman:[often: Madam]Please step this way, Madam.
  2. a woman in charge of a brothel.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
mad•am  (madəm),USA pronunciation n., pl.  mes•dames (mā dam, -däm)USA pronunciation for 1;
mad•ams for 2, 3.
  1. (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?
  2. the woman in charge of a household:Is the madam at home?
  3. the woman in charge of a house of prostitution.
  • Old French, origin, originally ma dame my lady; see dame
  • Middle English madame 1250–1300


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

madam /ˈmædəm/ n ( pl madams) ((for sense 1) mesdames /ˈmeɪˌdæm/)
  1. a polite term of address for a woman, esp one considered to be of relatively high social status
  2. a woman who runs a brothel
  3. Brit informal a precocious or pompous little girl
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French ma dame my lady



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Collocations: Madam [President, First Lady, Speaker], Dear (Sir or) Madam, [start, open, begin] the letter with "Dear Madam", more...

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