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.
  • 2British informal A conceited or bossy girl or young woman: she’s a proper little madam
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    • ‘I cannot possibly imagine myself wearing those,’ the proper madam muttered with utmost conviction.
    • Now, young madam, let me wager a month's salary that you, like so many of our sisters these days, are the proud and confident wearer of the latest hipsters.
    • The little madams ' fancy then turned to donkey rides, which were quickly arranged.
  • 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'.

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