- 1A term of respectful or polite address used for:More example sentences
- He responded with a polite ‘Yes, ma'am,’ to a series of questions from the judge, posed to determine his knowledge of the charges against him.
- Thereafter, if you do become drawn into a conversation, it is perfectly acceptable to address her as ma'am, Lord Crathorne says.
- With all due respect, ma'am, it would be best for you to hire someone other than yourself to put Caci through some intense therapy.
- 1.1British Female royalty.More example sentences
- ‘There's no secret, ma'am,’ Mr. Revere said, ‘we were speaking only of the famous beauty of Boston.’
- I have called the doctor, and he is speaking to Mr. Cartwright now, ma'am.
- Should I bring out your evening dress, ma'am?
- 1.2British A female officer in the police or armed forces who is senior to the speaker.More example sentences
- Uh, ma'am, I know you're not exaggerating.
- Only because, ma'am, he's a bigger person than I am and I'm sort of defenceless compared to him.
- ‘Aye, ma'am,’ the officer of the deck said, and she gestured to the sensor station.
- 1.3North American or • archaic A woman.More example sentences
- Wasn't the new kid supposed to be really shy, and call the teacher ma'am, and have all the girls pining over him?
- Must get draughty in them big ole houses, ma'am.
- If you please, sir and ma'am, take your quarrel outside, or let me go outside, I don't think I have your kind of energy.
mid 17th century: contraction of madam.
More definitions of ma'amDefinition of ma'am in:
- The US English dictionary