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 (mā-däm′, -dăm′)
n. Abbr. Mmes
1. Plural of Madam.
2. Plural of Madame.


(ˈmeɪˌdæm; French medam)
the plural of madame, madam1


(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]


(ˈmӕdəm) plurals madams ~mesdames (meiˈdӕm) noun
a polite form of address to a woman.
References in classic literature ?
When Madame du Bousquier confided, weeping, her periodic despair to Mesdames du Coudrai and du Ronceret, those ladies would reply,--
Not so Mesdames Pelet and Reuter; each mixed herself what I thought rather a stiff tumbler of punch, and placing it on a stand near the stove, they drew up their chairs to that convenience, and invited me to do the same.
Well, messieurs et mesdames," said Nicholas loudly and with apparent cheerfulness (it seemed to Countess Mary that he did it on purpose to vex her), "I have been on my feet since six this morning.