From Old French madame, from ma ‘my’ + dame ‘lady’, from post-classical Latin mea domina.
Wikipedia madam (plural madams or mesdames)
- A polite form of address for a woman or lady.
- Mrs Grey wondered if the outfit she was trying on made her look fat. The sales assistant just said, “It suits you, madam”.
- Later, Mrs Grey was sitting in her favourite tea shop. “Would madam like the usual cream cakes and patisserie with her tea?” the waitress asked.
- The mistress of a household.
- (colloquial) A conceited or quarrelsome girl.
- Selina kept pushing and shoving during musical chairs. The nursery school teacher said she was a bad-tempered little madam.
- (slang) A woman who runs a brothel.
- After she grew too old to work as a prostitute, she became a madam.
polite term of address to a woman
- Hungarian: asszonyom (hu), hölgyem (hu)
- Italian: signora (it) f
- Japanese: 奥様 (ja) (おくさま, okusama)
- Norwegian: frue (no) c
- Persian: خانم (fa) (khânom), مادام (fa) (mâdâm)
- Polish: pani (pl) f
- Portuguese: madame (pt) f, madama (pt) f
- Russian: госпожа (ru) (gospožá) f, мадам (ru) (madám) f (indeclinable), сударыня (ru) (sudárynja) f (obsolete), барыня (ru) (bárynja) f (obsolete), дама (ru) (dáma) f
- Slovak: pani (sk) f
- Spanish: señora (es) f
- Swedish: min fru (sv) c
- Turkish: hanımefendi (tr)
- Ukrainian: пані (uk) (páni) f
- Zulu: inkosikazi (zu) 9/10, unkosikazi (zu) 1a/2a, uma (zu) 1a/2a
woman who manages a brothel
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From French madame.
madam (definite accusative madamı, plural madamlar)
possessive forms of madam