- the Virgin Mary (usually preceded by the).
- a picture or statue representing the Virgin Mary.
- (lowercase) Archaic. an Italian title of formal address to a woman.
Origin of Madonna
Examples from the Web for madonna
For those with a predilection for immaculately fine and delicate paintings by Botticelli, his Madonna of the Book will satisfy.The Virgin Mary Lookbook
December 7, 2014
Of course, in her Neverland they bleach your teeth so white they glow and Madonna coaches you on your convincing British accent.‘Peter Pan Live!’ Review: No Amount of Clapping Brings It to Life
December 5, 2014
As well as weekly church services, Boyfriend—who shares a birthday with Madonna—went to a private, Christian school.From Church of Christ to Pansexual Rapper
November 28, 2014
Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Madonna, Tom Hanks and Gwyneth Paltrow are among those who have eaten at 960 Madison Avenue.Inside New York’s Most Powerful Diner
October 31, 2014
While Madonna has had to reinvent herself every couple of years, Lennox has done the exact opposite.Annie Lennox Doesn’t Give a Damn What You Think
October 21, 2014
Could the Madonna, who was so maternal, desire the woe of lovers?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
She was a widow before she was a mother; may the Madonna comfort her.'A Spirit in Prison
Some Madonna, they'll say; the very picture of the mother of God herself!The Christian
Arrived there, Madonna Paola took affairs into her own hands.
"My quarrel is with their looks, Madonna, not their garments," I answered patiently.
- mainly RC Church a designation of the Virgin Mary
- (sometimes not capital) a picture or statue of the Virgin Mary
- full name Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. born 1958, US rock singer and film actress. Her records include "Like a Virgin" (1985), "Like a Prayer" (1989), Ray of Light (1998), Music (2000), and MDNA (2012). Her films include Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) and Evita (1996)
Word Origin and History for madonna
1580s, "Italian lady," from Italian madonna, from Old Italian ma donna (Italian mia donna) "my lady," from ma "my" + donna "lady," from Latin domina (see dame). Sense of "picture or statue of the Virgin Mary" is from 1640s. The U.S. singer/dancer (full name Madonna Louise Ciccone, b.1958) attained to pop stardom in fall 1984.
An American pop singer known for her many incarnations, ranging from an early “Material Girl” to a movie star (Evita) to a mother and wife. Many consider Madonna a promotional genius for her ability to reinvent herself.