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definition of the word madam

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

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madam (plural mesdames)

  1. A polite form of address for a woman or lady.
    Mrs Grey wondered if the outfit she was trying on made her look fat. The sales assistant just said, “It suits you madam”.
    Later, Mrs Grey was sitting in her favourite tea shop. “Would madam like the usual cream cakes and patisserie with her tea?” the waitress asked.
  2. The mistress of a household.
  3. (colloquial) 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. (slang) A woman who runs a brothel. Senator Vitter
    Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, whose phone number is in the little black books of more than one madam, has issued a statement saying that God has forgiven him.
    When she was getting too old to work as a prostitute she became a madam.

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