Definition of madam in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmadəm/


1Used to address or refer to a woman in a polite or respectful way: Can I help you, madam?
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  • After she was through, Vidal replied simply and tersely, ‘Are you running for office, madam?’
  • ‘Erm, I'm sorry, madam, but do you have a picture of what you want? ‘she asked tentatively.’
  • Tailored styles are already available in mainstream stores such as Marks & Spencer, Next and Debenhams, so it shouldn't be hard to find an outfit that suits you, madam.
1.1 (Madam) Used to address a woman at the start of a formal or business letter: Dear Madam, ...
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  • If you are told to address her as ‘Dear Madam’ the ending must be ‘Yours faithfully’.
  • Dear Madam I have your note, but do not think I can undertake more than I originally promised, to give some informal talk about the value of the Greek Language & Literature, as objects of study, especially with reference to Mr. Evrett's absurd remark.
1.2 (Madam) Used before a title to address or refer to a female holder of that position: Madam President
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  • Madam Speaker: Please allow the member to complete his answer in silence.
  • Madam Speaker, we are a city that cares about its future.
  • Madam Secretary, I'll start with you.
1.3A woman who runs a brothel.
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  • As long as brothel madams and their prostitutes paid their monthly fines and sought to keep drunkenness, violence, theft and other disorderly behavior to a minimum, the police left them alone.
  • The 45-year-old mother of four is a millionaire entrepreneur who made her fortune as a brothel madam on the Kalgoorlie goldfields.
  • If you like I could always send a note to Eileen, the madam of the brothel, getting her to collaborate my story.


Middle English: from Old French ma dame 'my lady'.

Words that rhyme with madam

Adam, macadam, Madame

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Syllabification: mad·am

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