[ mad-uh-suhn ]

  1. Dol·ly or Dol·ley [dol-ee], /ˈdɒl i/, Dorothea Payne, 1768–1849, wife of James Madison.

  2. James, 1751–1836, 4th president of the U.S. 1809–17.

  1. a city in and the capital of Wisconsin, in the S part.

  2. a city in NE New Jersey.

  3. a town in S Connecticut.

  4. a city in SE Indiana.

  5. a river in SW Montana and NW Wyoming, flowing N to join the Jefferson and Gallatin rivers and form the Missouri River. 183 miles (294 km) long.

  6. a dance in which the participants stand side by side in a line while one person, acting as leader, calls out various steps, each letter of the word “Madison” signaling a specific step.

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How to use Madison in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for madison (1 of 3)


/ (ˈmædɪsən) /

  1. a type of cycle relay race

Origin of madison

C20: from Madison Square Gardens in New York City, early venue for such races

British Dictionary definitions for Madison (2 of 3)


/ (ˈmædɪsən) /

  1. a city in the US, in S central Wisconsin, on an isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona: the state capital. Pop: 218 432 (2003 est)

British Dictionary definitions for Madison (3 of 3)


/ (ˈmædɪsən) /

  1. James. 1751–1836, US statesman; 4th president of the US (1809–17). He helped to draft the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. His presidency was dominated by the War of 1812

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Cultural definitions for Madison


Capital of Wisconsin.

Notes for Madison

Location of the main branch of the University of Wisconsin.

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