ma'am


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ma'am

 (măm)
n.
Used as a form of polite address for a woman: Will that be cash or charge, ma'am?

ma'am

(mæm; mɑːm; unstressed məm)
n
short for madam
Usage: Ma'am is used as a title of respect, especially when addressing female royalty
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ma'am - a woman of refinementma'am - 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"
Translations

ma'am

[ˈmæm] n (mainly US) (= madam) → Madame f
References in classic literature ?
Once I was wicked enough to stop in a thrilling place, and say meekly, "I'm afraid it tires you, ma'am.
Why, ma'am, it was simple enough; he pulled the trigger with his big toe.
you might get some of the glass in your feet, ma'am," insisted the young woman, picking up bits of the broken vase that were scattered upon the carpet.
Yes, ma'am," he continued, after an exhilarated pause.
Miss Hepzibah, ma'am," said he once, after they had all been cheerful together, "I really enjoy these quiet little meetings of a Sabbath afternoon.
Yes, ma'am, she was; I had a bad cough that followed me up quite into the warm weather, and when I am kept out late she does worry herself a good deal.
Please, ma'am," he began, "could you lend me the price of a night's lodging?
I beg pardon, ma'am," said Haley, bowing slightly, with a still lowering brow; "but still I say, as I said before, this yer's a sing'lar report.
Ma'am," addressing her, "do you hear what Miss Woodhouse is so obliging to say about Jane's handwriting?
This lady, ma'am," he answered, "turned out to be Mr.
Soften his resolution, ma'am, by entreaties; don't strengthen it by threats
I don't know that it will be a girl, yet, ma'am,' said my mother innocently.