WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- a pl. of madam.
- pl. of madame.
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
- a French title equivalent to Mrs.:Madame Curie.Abbr.: Mme.
Fr. ma dam′),USA pronunciation n., pl. mes•dames (mā dam′, -däm′; Fr. mā dam′).USA pronunciation (often cap.)
- a French title of respect equivalent to "Mrs.'', used alone or prefixed to a woman's married name or title:Madame Curie.
- (in English) a title of respect used in speaking to or of an older woman, esp. one of distinction, who is not of American or British origin. Abbr.: Mme.
- French; see madam
- 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
- a married Frenchwoman: usually used as a title equivalent to Mrs, and sometimes extended to older unmarried women to show respect and to women of other nationalities