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[skool-mam, -mahm] /ˈskulˌmæm, -ˌmɑm/
Origin of schoolma'am
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35; school1 + ma'am Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She sure is a fine writer, Taterleg—writes like a schoolma'am.

  • You are not a bit like what I imagined a schoolma'am was like.

    Uncle Terry Charles Clark Munn
  • By the rules of this camp, this place is sacred to the schoolma'am and her children.

  • She's oldish for the rest of us, but she's the schoolma'am, you know, and likes to be invited.

    Mildred Keith

    Martha Finley
  • You don't say, schoolma'am, as you learns the young uns to do sich things as this?

    The Angel of the Gila: Cora Marsland
  • Your education has been sadly neglected—and you a schoolma'am, too!

    North of Fifty-Three

    Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Go home to your mother, and tell her the schoolma'am sent you home for three cents to buy a new book.

    Proud and Lazy Oliver Optic
  • She was to spend a long day with Miss Satterly, the schoolma'am, and started off soon after breakfast one morning.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • He could not see, for his part, why she wanted to go gadding off to the Falls with Len Adams and the schoolma'am, anyway.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • A little school day after day, A little "schoolma'am" to obey, A little study—soon 'tis past— A little graduate at last.

    Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 Edward William Cole

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