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noun, plural mes·dames [mey-dam, -dahm] /meɪˈdæm, -ˈdɑm/ for 1; mad·ams for 2, 3.
Origin of madam
noun, plural mes·dames [mey-dam, -dahm; French mey-dam] /meɪˈdæm, -ˈdɑm; French meɪˈdam/. (often initial capital letter)
Origin of madame
Examples from the Web for mesdames
They tucked the mesdames under their arms, and went out to reconnoitre.In Vanity Fair|Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
Richelieu was only twenty-two when Mesdames de Nesle and de Polignac fought for his favor.
Mesdames had beautiful spaniels; little grayhounds were preferred by Madame Elisabeth.
You aver that none of you are, mesdames, and we would not call your word in question.Husks|Marion Harland
But you understand, mesdames, that I was sincerely anxious to recover the fan without letting you know its importance.Lady Larkspur|Meredith Nicholson
noun plural madams or for sense 1 mesdames (ˈmeɪˌdæm)
Word Origin for madam
noun plural mesdames (ˈmeɪˌdæm, French medam)
Word Origin for madame
plural of French madame (see 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.
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.