[ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ma'am in a sentence

  • The trees were stripped bare of leaves, the ground was hard, and the wagon wheels rattled noisily over the thank-you-ma'ams.

    New Chronicles of Rebecca | Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • And confound redheaded school-ma'ams with a habit of popping out of beechwoods where they had no business to be.

    Anne Of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • A number of the school-ma'ams are employing their Summer vacations in educating the blind.

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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