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 ?
The day afore yesterday, a man--you have been a married woman, ma'am, and I may mention it to you--a man, with hardly a rag upon his back (here Mrs.
'I'll speak to you a moment, ma'am, with your leave,' said Ralph.
"A week is the usual notice, ma'am. I hope you have no objection to make to the house?"
'Why, ma'am,' he returned, 'I am thinking about Tom Gradgrind's whim;' Tom Gradgrind, for a bluff independent manner of speaking - as if somebody were always endeavouring to bribe him with immense sums to say Thomas, and he wouldn't; 'Tom Gradgrind's whim, ma'am, of bringing up the tumbling-girl.'
"It is an epitome, ma'am," said I, seeing my chance, "of your whole life," and with that I put her into my elbow-chair.
Mrs Honour was so intirely wrapped up in the subject on which she exercised her tongue, and the object before her eyes, that she gave her mistress time to conquer her confusion; which having done, she smiled on her maid, and told her, "she was certainly in love with this young fellow."--"I in love, madam!" answers she: "upon my word, ma'am, I assure you, ma'am, upon my soul, ma'am, I am not."--"Why, if you was," cries her mistress, "I see no reason that you should be ashamed of it; for he is certainly a pretty fellow."--"Yes, ma'am," answered the other, "that he is, the most handsomest man I ever saw in my life.
'Indeed, ma'am?' returned Mr Pancks, with a wandering eye towards the figure of the little seamstress on her knee picking threads and fraying of her work from the carpet.
'I don't know that it will be a girl, yet, ma'am,' said my mother innocently.
Ferrars myself, ma'am, this morning in Exeter, and his lady too, Miss Steele as was.
"'Pon my word, ma'am, I don't know what you are talking about."
"Yes, ma'am." Nancy answered cheerfully, but she still continued wiping the pitcher in her hand.
an occasion indeed, ma'am, an occasion which does honour to me, ma'am, honour to me,' rejoined Mr Witherden, the notary.