[ mam, mahm; unstressed muhm ]
See synonyms for: ma'amma'ams on

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

Origin of ma'am

First recorded in 1660–70; by contraction

Words Nearby ma'am Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ma'am in a sentence

  • “Good morning, ma-am,” he said, halting at a respectful distance.

    The Golden Shoemaker | J. W. Keyworth
  • Yes ma-am, he had been glad to learn that Bertram was doing well in the city.

    The Readjustment | Will Irwin

British Dictionary definitions for ma'am


/ (mæm, mɑːm, unstressed məm) /

  1. 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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