- (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.
Origin of madam
Examples from the Web for madam
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
August 26, 2014
On Broadway, South Pacific, Call Me Madam, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes were playing to packed houses—at $6.60 tops.New York’s Greatest Show Or How They Did Not Screw Up ‘Guys and Dolls’
April 6, 2014
This country is still waiting for its first woman president—are you standing up, madam?The Clinton Global Initiative Kicks off With Tears, Impressions, and Fighting Words
September 24, 2013
Well, I've got to take the madam and the young folks over to the Casino.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
And let it be considered, what misery to me, Madam, if I marry that hated Solmes!
I would no more dishonour my family, Madam, than my brother would.
Indeed, Madam, you did me justice to say, I have no inclination to marry at all.
You, Madam, shall see all the letters that have passed between us.
- 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
Word Origin and History for madam
c.1300, from Old French ma dame, literally "my lady," from Latin mea domina (cf. madonna). Meaning "female owner or manager of a brothel" is first attested 1871.