What does madam mean?

Definitions for madam
ˈmæd əm; meɪˈdæm, -ˈdɑmmadam

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word madam.

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.

    Etymology: [See Madame.]

  2. Madam(n.)

    The woman who is in charge of a brothel.

    Etymology: [See Madame.]


  1. madam(Noun)

    A polite form of address for a woman or lady.

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

  2. madam(Noun)

    The mistress of a household.

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

  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.

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

  4. madam(Noun)

    A woman who runs a brothel.

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

    Etymology: 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

    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.

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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. Fabrice:

    Trump: "Madam, if you were my wife, I'd poison your tea!" Clinton: "Sir, if you were my husband, I'd drink it!"

  4. 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!

  5. Zlatko Topcic:

    War is a war. Everywhere is hard and bloody, but the Balkans in it bring their coloring and passion. Someone happened to be on the right side. But, madam, be without worry: it is not so far a day when both sides will become the same and when it will not be known which side of the story is right.

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