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madam

[ mad-uhm ]
/ ˈmæd əm /
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noun, plural mes·dames [mey-dam, -dahm] /meɪˈdæm, -ˈdɑm/ for 1; mad·ams for 2, 3.

(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.

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Origin of madam

1250–1300; Middle English madame<Old French, originally ma dame my lady; see dame

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH madam

madam , madame
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British Dictionary definitions for madam

madam
/ (ˈmædəm) /

noun plural madams or for sense 1 mesdames (ˈmeɪˌdæm)

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 for madam

C13: from Old French ma dame my lady
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