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Mad·am

 (măd′əm)
n. Abbr. Mdm.
1. pl. Mes·dames (mā-dăm′, -däm′) Used formerly as a courtesy title before a woman's given name but now used only before a surname or title indicating rank or office: Madam Ambassador.
2. Used as a salutation in a letter: Dear Madam or Sir.
3. madam Used as a form of polite address for a woman: Right this way, madam.
4. madam The mistress of a household.
5. madam A woman who manages a brothel.

[Middle English madame, from Old French ma dame; see Madame.]

madam

(ˈmædəm)
n, pl madams or (for sense 1)mesdames (ˈmeɪˌdæm)
1. a polite term of address for a woman, esp one considered to be of relatively high social status
2. a woman who runs a brothel
3. informal Brit a precocious or pompous little girl
4. the madam informal South African the lady of the house
[C13: from Old French ma dame my lady]

mad•am

(ˈmæd əm)

n., pl. mes•dames (meɪˈdæm, -ˈdɑm)
for 1; mad•ams for 2,3.
1. (often cap.) a respectful term of address to a woman.
2. a woman in charge of a household.
3. the woman in charge of a brothel.
[1250–1300; Middle English< Old French my lady; see dame]

madam

- French, literally, "my lady."
See also related terms for lady.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.madam - a woman of refinementmadam - a woman of refinement; "a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady"
grande dame - a middle-aged or elderly woman who is stylish and highly respected
madame - title used for a married Frenchwoman
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
2.madam - a woman who runs a house of prostitutionmadam - a woman who runs a house of prostitution
businesswoman - a female businessperson
Translations
سَيِّدَةٌسَيِّدَه
panímadam
frue
sinjorino
خانم
rouva
madamesous-maîtresse
gospođa
asszonyom!
frú
奥様
부인
madammiela ponia
kundze
cafetinamadame
madam
gospa
frun
คุณผู้หญิง
quý bà

madam

[ˈmædəm] N (madams or mesdames (pl)) [ˈmeɪdæm]
1.señora f
yes, madamsí, señora
see also dear A4
2. (Brit) (= girl) → niña f malcriada, niña f repipi
3. [of brothel] → madama f, dueña f

madam

[ˈmædəm] n
(when addressing someone)Madame f
Would you like to order, Madam? → Désirez-vous commander, Madame?
yes madam → oui Madame
Dear Madam (in letter)Chère Madame
Madam Chairman → Madame la Présidente
Madam Speaker → Madame la Présidente de la Chambre des Communes
(= girl)
She's a little madam → C'est une petite pimbêche.

madam

n
gnädige Frau (old, form); madam, would you kindly desist!würden Sie das bitte unterlassen! (form); yes, madamsehr wohl, gnädige Frau (old, form), → ja (wohl); can I help you, madam?kann ich Ihnen behilflich sein?; dear madam (esp Brit) → sehr geehrte gnädige Frau; Dear Sir or Madam (esp Brit) → Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren
(Brit inf: = girl) → kleine Prinzessin; she’s a spoiled little madamsie ist eine verwöhnte kleine Prinzessin
(of brothel)Bordellwirtin f, → Puffmutter f (inf)

madam

[ˈmædəm] n
a.signora
can I help you madam? → (la signora) desidera?
Madam Chairman → Signora Presidentessa
a little madam → una bambinetta prepotente
b. (of brothel) → tenutaria

madam

(ˈmӕdəm) plurals madams ~mesdames (meiˈdӕm) noun
a polite form of address to a woman.

madam

سَيِّدَةٌ paní frue gnädige Frau κυρία señora rouva madame gospođa signora 奥様 부인 mevrouw frue pani madame госпожа frun คุณผู้หญิง madam quý bà 女士
References in classic literature ?
Upon my word, madam," answered Sophia, "it is a book which I am neither ashamed nor afraid to own I have read.
Sophia replied, "Delay at least, madam, I may expect from both your goodness and my father's.
Will you pardon my asking, madam, if you have seen the newspapers this morning?
If you will step this way for one moment, madam," he begged.
It appears to be perfectly true, madam, I regret to say," the clerk answered.
As for me, madam," replied the gentleman, coldly, "I have need of nothing.
After chatting some time on such matters as naturally arose from the objects around them, he suddenly addressed her with -- "I have hitherto been very remiss, madam, in the proper attentions of a partner here; I have not yet asked you how long you have been in Bath; whether you were ever here before; whether you have been at the Upper Rooms, the theatre, and the concert; and how you like the place altogether.
My dear madam, I am not so ignorant of young ladies' ways as you wish to believe me; it is this delightful habit of journaling which largely contributes to form the easy style of writing for which ladies are so generally celebrated.
Ah, madam," said Buckingham, "we are very unfortunate
Because, madam," replied Buckingham, piqued, "because the faithful Parry, the wandering Parry, the eternal Parry, is not, I believe, of much consequence.
Dear madam,' he said, pressing her hand delicately to his lips;
I ought to have thought of that myself, but it escaped me, I confess--so far superior are your sex to ours, dear madam, in point of penetration and sagacity.