(often initial capital letter) a polite term of address to a woman, originally used only to a woman of rank or authority: Madam President; May I help you, madam?
the woman in charge of a household: Is the madam at home?
the woman in charge of a house of prostitution.
- madam , madame
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How to use madam in a sentence
After her tenure as secretary of state, she went on to publish seven New York Times bestsellers including her 2003 autobiography “madam Secretary”.
The pop-feminist renaissance Rhimes helped launch was diluted by a wave of imitations, from Téa Leoni in madam Secretary to Piper Perabo’s cable-news tycoon in Notorious.Shonda Rhimes Already Knows What You're Going to Watch Next | Judy Berman | January 5, 2022 | Time
Famed poet Maya Angelou, for example, worked briefly here as a madam in the 1940s when she was a young woman.Did San Diego Dodge a WWII Bullet the Size of Pearl Harbor? | Randy Dotinga | December 7, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Republican Senator David Vitter issued a public apology in 2007 for his involvement with the “D.C. madam.”Christian Right-Wingers Love Porn: New Studies Suggest the Bible Belt Has A Kinky Side | Aurora Snow | October 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bible-thumping Louisiana Sen. David Vitter was outed as a john for the “D.C. madam” in 2007.‘7th Heaven’ Dad Stephen Collins and the Christian Right’s Real Morality Tale | Amanda Marcotte | October 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The legendary actor and madam Secretary producer insists his show has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton.
Still, the madam Secretary cast and crew have been lately downplaying parallels to the Democratic presidential hopeful.
“madam Speaker, this is America; it is not Burger King,” Poe said.The Democrats Have Found a New Boogeyman, and It’s Burger King | Tim Mak | August 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I tell you, madam, most distinctly and emphatically, that it is bread pudding and the meanest kind at that.'The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
I am ready madam,—for I have sufficiently experienced the folly of my presuming to decline it.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Another female person, whom I put down as madam Stone, arose and disappeared through an open door at my approach.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
The boy took off his hat, and very handsomely addressed the cow, with "Your servant, madam."The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
I should be sorry to lay upon you, my dear madam, a burthen greater than the one you have already to bear.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
British Dictionary definitions for madam
a polite term of address for a woman, esp one considered to be of relatively high social status
a woman who runs a brothel
British informal a precocious or pompous little girl
the madam Southern African informal the lady of the house
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