What does madam mean?

Definitions for madam
ˈmæd əm; meɪˈdæm, -ˈdɑmmadam

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word madam.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dame, madam, ma'am, lady, gentlewomannoun

    a woman of refinement

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

  2. madam, brothel keepernoun

    a woman who runs a house of prostitution


  1. Madamnoun

    The woman who is in charge of a household.

  2. Madamnoun

    The woman who is in charge of a brothel.


  1. madamnoun

    A polite form of address for a woman or lady.

  2. madamnoun

    The mistress of a household.

  3. madamnoun

    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. madamnoun

    A woman who runs a brothel.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Madamnoun

    The term of compliment used in address to ladies of every degree.

    Etymology: ma dame, French, my dame.

    Certes, madam, ye have great cause of plaint. Edmund Spenser.

    Madam, once more you look and move a queen! Ambrose Philips, Distrest Mother.


  1. Madam

    Madam (), or madame ( or ), is a polite and formal form of address for women in the English language, often contracted to ma'am (pronounced in American English and this way but also in British English). The term derives from the French madame, from "ma dame" meaning "my lady". In French, the abbreviation is "Mme" or "Mme" and the plural is mesdames (abbreviated "Mmes" or "Mmes"). These terms ultimately derive from the Latin domina, meaning "mistress."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Madamnoun

    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. Etymology: [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.

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  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. Meekin:

    Dr. Paul: Get out, get out libidinous swine! And take that painted strumpet with you. May you both rot in the filth of your own fornication! Nicky: And what did you say to him? Dr. Paul: Say, Madam? I said nothing. I simply pulled up my tights and jumped out of the bathroom window. Nicky: Oh Dr. Paul, you're so naughty! Dr. Paul: Well, I try, Madam. And then, ten minutes later when I've got my breath back, I try again!

  2. Jim Jordan:

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

  3. Lady Astor and William Churchill:

    if you were my husband, I would feed you poison." "if you were my wife, madam, I would take it!

  4. Mark Takano:

    I am very troubled by your non-answers today. Madam secretary, there is no freedom in a student being obligated to pay off a loan from a school that has defrauded them. It's an unjust burden.

  5. Charlie Sheen:

    Charlie Sheen said Charlie Sheen found out Charlie Sheen was HIV positive about four years ago. Charlie Sheen symptoms began with crushing headaches. I thought I had a brain tumor, Charlie Sheen recalled. I thought it was over. The star said Charlie Sheen was coming forward with the truth because of the rumors in the press surrounding Charlie Sheen health. I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me, that threaten the health of so many others that couldn't be further from the truth. Charlie Sheen said the most hurtful rumor Charlie Sheen read claimed Charlie Sheen intentionally transmitted the disease to Charlie Sheen partners. That’s as far from the truth as anything can be, Charlie Sheen said. Drug and alcohol use have marred Sheen's personal and professional life in recent years. Charlie Sheen was kicked off CBS' Two and a Half Men in 2011 after an explosive meltdown that included calling the show's producer a contaminated little maggot. Charlie Sheen escapades have also included the revelation that Charlie Sheen spent more than $ 50,000 as a client of Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss' prostitution ring. You can only hear ‘ winning ’ in the streets so many times, i am approaching a time of more of a philanthropic culture in my life.

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