madame

[ muh-dam, -dahm, ma-; mad-uh m; French ma-dam ]
/ məˈdæm, -ˈdɑm, mæ-; ˈmæd əm; French maˈdam /

noun, plural mes·dames [mey-dam, -dahm; French mey-dam] /meɪˈdæm, -ˈdɑm; French meɪˈdam/. (often initial capital letter)

a French title of respect equivalent to “Mrs.”, used alone or prefixed to a woman's married name or title: Madame Curie.
(in English) a title of respect used in speaking to or of an older woman, especially one of distinction, who is not of American or British origin. Abbreviation: Mme.

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Origin of madame

From French, dating back to 1590–1600; see origin at madam
Can be confusedmadam madame
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British Dictionary definitions for madame

madame

/ (ˈmædəm, French madam) /

noun plural mesdames (ˈmeɪˌdæm, French medam)

a married Frenchwoman: usually used as a title equivalent to Mrs, and sometimes extended to older unmarried women to show respect and to women of other nationalities

Word Origin for madame

C17: from French. See madam
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Word Origin and History for madame

madame


1590s, see madam, which is an earlier borrowing of the same French phrase. Originally a title of respect for a woman of rank, now given to any married woman. OED recommends madam as an English title, madame in reference to foreign women.

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