Dictionary.com

ma'am

[ mam, mahm; unstressed muhm ]
/ mæm, mɑm; unstressed məm /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: ma'am / ma'ams on Thesaurus.com

noun

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

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!

Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of ma'am

First recorded in 1660–70; by contraction
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for ma'am

ma'am
/ (mæm, mɑːm, unstressed məm) /

noun

short for madam
Ma'am is used as a title of respect, especially when addressing female royalty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Hate Typos? Get Grammar Coach