[ mam, mahm; unstressed muh m ]
/ mæm, mɑm; unstressed məm /


(in Britain) a term used in addressing the queen or a royal princess.

Words nearby ma'am

Origin of ma'am

First recorded in 1660–70; by contraction Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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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