[ mam, mahm; unstressed muh m ]
/ mæm, mɑm; unstressed məm /
(in Britain) a term used in addressing the queen or a royal princess.
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Origin of ma'am
First recorded in 1660–70; by contraction
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Example sentences from the Web for ma'am
“Good morning, ma-am,” he said, halting at a respectful distance.The Golden Shoemaker|J. W. Keyworth
British Dictionary definitions for ma'am
/ (mæm, mɑːm, unstressed məm) /
short for madam
usage for ma'am
Ma'am is used as a title of respect, especially when addressing female royalty
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