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Ma·dame

 (mə-dăm′, măd′əm)
n. pl. Mes·dames (mā-dăm′, -däm′) Abbr. Mme
1. Used as a courtesy title before the surname or full name of a woman, especially a married woman, in a French-speaking area: Madame Cartier; Madame Jacqueline Cartier. See Usage Note at miss2.
2. madame Used as a form of polite address for a woman in a French-speaking area.

[French, from Old French ma dame : ma, my (from Latin mea, feminine of meus; see me- in Indo-European roots) + dame, lady (from Latin domina, feminine of dominus, lord, master of a household; see dem- in Indo-European roots).]

madame

(ˈmædəm; French madam)
n, pl mesdames (ˈmeɪˌdæm; French medam)
a married Frenchwoman: usually used as a title equivalent to Mrs, and sometimes extended to older unmarried women to show respect and to women of other nationalities
[C17: from French. See madam]

mad•ame

(məˈdæm, -ˈdɑm, mæ-, ˈmæd əm)

n., pl. mes•dames (meɪˈdæm, -ˈdɑm)
(often cap.)
1. a French title equivalent to Mrs.: Madame Curie.
2. a title for a woman, esp. one who comes from a non-English-speaking country. Abbr.: Mme.
[1590–1600; < French; see madam]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.madame - title used for a married Frenchwomanmadame - title used for a married Frenchwoman
gentlewoman, ma'am, madam, lady, dame - a woman of refinement; "a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady"
Translations

madame

[ˈmædəm] N (mesdames (pl)) [ˈmeɪdæm]
1.madama f, señora f
Madame Dupontla señora de Dupont
2. [of brothel] → madama f, dueña f
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If Mademoiselle was a Catholic, she would find true comfort, but as that is not to be, it would be well if you went apart each day to meditate and pray, as did the good mistress whom I served before Madame.
The parrot and the mockingbird were the property of Madame Lebrun, and they had the right to make all the noise they wished.
Madame Hester would have winced at that, I warrant me.
As when the stricken whale, that from the tub has reeled out hundreds of fathoms of rope; as, after deep sounding, he floats up again, and shows the slackened curling line buoyantly rising and spiralling towards the air; so now, Starbuck saw long coils of the umbilical cord of Madame Leviathan, by which the young cub seemed still tethered to its dam.
Madame Haupt set the frying pan to one side and wiped her hands on her wrapper.
Do you know," said Madame de Thoux to him, one day, "of any man, in your neighborhood, of the name of Harris?
Sir Uwaine, at a sign from his mother, went to the anteroom and called some servants, and meanwhile madame went rippling sweetly along with her talk.
She has had the advantage, you know, of practising on me," she continued"like La Baronne d'Almane on La Comtesse d'Ostalis, in Madame de Genlis' Adelaide and Theodore, and we shall now see her own little Adelaide educated on a more perfect plan.
The one with red cheeks is called Miss Smith; she attends to the work, and cuts out--for we make our own clothes, our frocks, and pelisses, and everything; the little one with black hair is Miss Scatcherd; she teaches history and grammar, and hears the second class repetitions; and the one who wears a shawl, and has a pocket- handkerchief tied to her side with a yellow ribband, is Madame Pierrot: she comes from Lisle, in France, and teaches French.
When Saint Antoine had again enfolded the Defarges in his dusky wings, and they, having finally alighted near the Saint's boundaries, were picking their way on foot through the black mud and offal of his streets, Madame Defarge spoke to her husband:
Madame Granson looked at her son in a mirror, and thought him pale; but he had been so all day, for a vague rumor of the matter had already reached him.
Speak on, madame, speak on, Queen," said Buckingham; "the sweetness of your voice covers the harshness of your words.