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Madonna

[ muh-don-uh ]
/ məˈdɒn ə /
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noun

Usually the Madonna . the Virgin Mary.
a picture or statue representing the Virgin Mary.
Archaic.Often madonna . an Italian title of formal address to a woman.

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Origin of Madonna

First recorded in 1575–85; from Italian, from Old Italian ma donna “my lady”; see origin at donna
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British Dictionary definitions for Madonna (1 of 2)

Madonna1
/ (məˈdɒnə) /

noun

mainly RC Church a designation of the Virgin Mary
(sometimes not capital) a picture or statue of the Virgin Mary
C16: Italian, from ma my + donna lady

British Dictionary definitions for Madonna (2 of 2)

Madonna2
/ (məˈdɒnə) /

noun

full name Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. born 1958, US rock singer and film actress. Her records include "Like a Virgin" (1985), "Like a Prayer" (1989), Ray of Light (1998), Music (2000), and MDNA (2012). Her films include Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) and Evita (1996)
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Cultural definitions for Madonna (1 of 2)

Madonna

An American pop singer known for her many incarnations, ranging from an early “Material Girl” to a movie star (Evita) to a mother and wife. Many consider Madonna a promotional genius for her ability to reinvent herself.

Cultural definitions for Madonna (2 of 2)

Madonna

A work of art depicting Mary, the mother of Jesus, especially one that shows her holding the infant Jesus; also a term for Mary herself. Madonna is Italian for “my lady.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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