[ mam, mahm; unstressed muh m ]
/ mæm, mɑm; unstressed məm /
(in Britain) a term used in addressing the queen or a royal princess.
Jason VoorheesRead more in this article about some frequently asked questions and fun facts related to our definitions.
mon chériRead more in this article about some frequently asked questions and fun facts related to our definitions.
Origin of ma'am
First recorded in 1660–70; by contraction
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
/ (mæm, mɑːm, unstressed məm) /
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
also maam, 1660s, colloquial shortening of madam (q.v.). Formerly the ordinary respectful form of address to a married woman; later restricted to the queen and royal princesses or used by servants to their mistresses.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper