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mes•dames /meɪˈdɑm, -ˈdɑmz, -ˈdæm, -ˈdæmz/USA pronunciation   n. [plural]
  1. a pl. of madam.
  2. a pl. of madame.

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mes•dames  (mā däm, -dam; Fr. mā dam),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a pl. of  madam. 
  2. pl. of  madame. 

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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.

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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

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mad•ame /məˈdæm, -ˈdɑm/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  mes•dames /meɪˈdæm, -ˈdɑm/.USA pronunciation  [often: Madame]
  1. a French title equivalent to Mrs.:Madame Curie.Abbr.: Mme.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
mad•ame  (mə dam, -däm, ma-; madəm;
Fr. ma dam),USA pronunciation
 n., pl.  mes•dames (mā dam, -däm; Fr. mā dam).USA pronunciation (often cap.)
  1. a French title of respect equivalent to "Mrs.'', used alone or prefixed to a woman's married name or title:Madame Curie.
  2. (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
  • 1590–1600


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mesdames /ˈmeɪˌdæm; French: medam/ n
  1. the plural of madame, madam



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



madame /ˈmædəm; French: madam/ n ( pl mesdames /ˈmeɪˌdæm; French: medam/)
  1. 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
Etymology: 17th Century: from French. See madam



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