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Used as a form of polite address for a woman: Will that be cash or charge, ma'am?
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ma'am(mæm; mɑːm; unstressed məm)
short for madam
Usage: Ma'am is used as a title of respect, especially when addressing female royalty
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|Noun||1.||ma'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
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ma'am[ˈmæm] n (mainly US) (= madam) → Madame f
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