madam


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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 ?
But I was not born a gentleman; neither have I lived like one," said Holgrave, slightly smiling; "so, my dear madam, you will hardly expect me to sympathize with sensibilities of this kind; though, unless I deceive myself, I have some imperfect comprehension of them.
I profess, madam," answered the clergyman, with a grave obeisance, such as the lady's rank demanded, and his own good breeding made imperative -- " I profess, on my conscience and character, that I am utterly bewildered as touching the purport of your words
Blomefield, `My dear madam, you need not be anxious about the children; my old Merrylegs will take as much care of them as you or I could; I assure you I would not sell that pony for any money, he is so perfectly good-tempered and trustworthy;' and do you think I am such an ungrateful brute as to forget all the kind treatment I have had here for five years, and all the trust they place in me, and turn vicious because a couple of ignorant boys used me badly?
From this out, the madam piled up the surprises with a rush that fired the general astonishment up to a hundred and fifty in the shade, and at the same time paralyzed expression of it down to gasped "Oh's" and "Ah's," and mute upliftings of hands and eyes.
Why, madam, MY experience warrants me in stating that that tenor's voice is not a voice at all, but only a shriek--the shriek of a hyena.
You desire but one guest; but, dear madam, if you will allow us to pay for two, we will not incommode you.
28thand began, `My dear Madam,' but I forget how it went on; and it was signed `F.
My dear madam," said Lady Middleton, "recollect what you are saying.
Not anxious to come in contact with their fangs, I sat still; but, imagining they would scarcely understand tacit insults, I unfortunately indulged in winking and making faces at the trio, and some turn of my physiognomy so irritated madam, that she suddenly broke into a fury and leapt on my knees.
If he's courtin', he's makin' up to some young madam of a robin that lives among th' old rose-trees there.
Such," said the captain, shifting the camp-stool back again from his right hand to his left, in token that Joyce was done with for the time being; "such, my dear madam, is the Theory of Floating Vessels.
Oh, madam," returned he, "you have already given me too much, and I fear I may have been guilty of rudeness in not taking my departure at once.