[ mam, mahm; unstressed muhm ]
/ 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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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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