- 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, especially one of distinction, who is not of American or British origin. Abbreviation: Mme.
Origin of madame
Examples from the Web for madame
Lacey Noonan's A Gronking to Remember makes 50 Shades of Grey look like Madame Bovary in terms of its literary sophistication.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
Madame Cézanne is ultimately about the figure in the portraits rather than the person, who remains a tantalizing enigma.Sight Unseen: Cézanne’s Mysterious Wife
November 19, 2014
Last year, while filming the documentary “Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?”What Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff Can Teach Hillary Clinton
October 29, 2014
When Madame Tussauds unveiled their new waxwork of Kate, people queued up for a chance to feel “her” hair.Why Kate's Hair Matters
July 3, 2014
But Madame Clinton has never been very elegant in her statements.What the D-Day Veteran Told Obama at the 70th Anniversary Commemoration
June 6, 2014
Will madame be so good to enter our petit salon at the front, n'est-ce-pas?
Je suis tres honore—I am very honoured to welcome you, madame.
How much better the diagnosis of Madame Dacier, who is quoted by Lessing!The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
An hour later, Hubert was walking round the house where Madame Sidonie lived.The Dream
"Let me know the worst," Madame Permon said, with affected distress.The Boy Life of Napoleon
- 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
Word Origin and History for madame
1590s, see madam, which is an earlier borrowing of the same French phrase. Originally a title of respect for a woman of rank, now given to any married woman. OED recommends madam as an English title, madame in reference to foreign women.