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 (mā-däm′, -dăm′)
n. Abbr. Mmes
1. Plural of Madam.
2. Plural of Madame.
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(ˈmeɪˌdæm; French medam)
the plural of madame, madam1
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(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]
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(ˈmӕdəm) plurals madams ~mesdames (meiˈdӕm) noun
a polite form of address to a woman.
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Mrs Stella Ellis won the raffle prize and tea was served by Miss Sandra Spivey and mesdames Heeley and Ellis.
Songs were contributed by Mesdames C Taylor, GEllis, J Steel, LTaylor, BBillings and M Jones, Mesdames A Berry, J Hodgson, H Hall, E Lawton andWAshcroft andMessrs D Hall and J Bradley also took part.
Committee: Mesdames S Shaw, V Sykes, B Mosley, J Armitage, A Hillaby, J Shearing.