What does madam mean?

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ˈmæd əm; meɪˈdæm, -ˈdɑmmadam

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dame, madam, ma'am, lady, gentlewoman(noun)

    a woman of refinement

    "a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady"

  2. madam, brothel keeper(noun)

    a woman who runs a house of prostitution


  1. Madam(n.)

    The woman who is in charge of a household.

  2. Madam(n.)

    The woman who is in charge of a brothel.

  3. Origin: [See Madame.]


  1. madam(Noun)

    A polite form of address for a woman or lady.

  2. madam(Noun)

    The mistress of a household.

  3. madam(Noun)

    A conceited or quarrelsome girl.

    Selina kept pushing and shoving during musical chairs. The nursery school teacher said she was a bad-tempered little madam.

  4. madam(Noun)

    A woman who runs a brothel.

    When she was getting too old to work as a prostitute she became a madam.

  5. Origin: From madame, from ma ‘my’ + dame ‘lady’, from post-classical Latin mea domina.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Madam(noun)

    a gentlewoman; -- an appellation or courteous form of address given to a lady, especially an elderly or a married lady; -- much used in the address, at the beginning of a letter, to a woman. The corresponding word in addressing a man is Sir

  2. Origin: [See Madame.]


  1. Madam

    Madam, or madame, is a polite form of address for women, often contracted to "ma'am". The abbreviation is "Mme" and the plural is mesdames. The term was borrowed from the French madame, which means "my lady".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Madam

    mad′am, n. a courteous form of address to a lady, esp. an elderly or a married one: a woman of fashion:—pl. Mad′ams, or Mesdames (mā-dam′). [Fr.,—ma, my, dame, lady—L. mea domina.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Madam

    In New England the term applied to the deceased wife of a person of local distinction, such as the parson, doctor, etc. In the southern states it expresses the mistress or master’s wife universally among the Negroes. Elsewhere it is either Madam or Ma’am for a mother.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'madam' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2863

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of madam in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of madam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of madam in a Sentence

  1. Bernie Sanders:

    Madam Secretary, that is a low blow.

  2. Charlotte Brontë:

    Consistency, madam, is the first of Christian duties.

  3. Barry Neil Kaufman:

    To a talkative woman Madam, don't you have any unexpressed thoughts

  4. Jim Jordan:

    Where did the false narrative start? It started with you, Madam Secretary.

  5. Alfred Jarry:

    You're looking exceptionally ugly tonight, Madam, is it because we have company?

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