From Old French madame, from ma ‘my’ + dame ‘lady’, from post-classical Latin mea domina.
madam (plural madams)
- (dated or archaic) 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, particularly one that specializes in finding prostitutes for rich and important clients.
- After she grew too old to work as a prostitute, she became a madam.
polite term of address to a woman
- Albanian: zonjë (sq) f
- Arabic: سَيِّدَة f (sayyida), سَيِّدَتِي f (sayyidatī) (my lady), أُسْتَاذَة f (ʾustāḏa), مَدَام f (madām)
- Armenian: տիկին (hy) (tikin)
- Azerbaijani: xanım, madam
- Basque: andere (eu)
- Belarusian: спада́рыня f (spadárynja), па́ні f (páni), мада́м (madám)
- Bengali: ঠাকরূণ (ṭhakrūṇ), শ্রীমতী (śrīmtī)
- Bulgarian: госпожа́ (bg) f (gospožá), мада́м f (madám)
- Burmese: ဒေါ် (my) (dau)
- Cherokee: ᎠᎨᏴ (ageyv)
- Mandarin: 太太 (zh) (tàitai), 女士 (zh) (nǚshì)
- Czech: paní (cs) f
- Danish: frue (da) c
- Dutch: mevrouw (nl) f
- Esperanto: sinjorino (eo)
- Estonian: proua
- Finnish: rouva (fi)
- French: madame (fr) f
- Georgian: ქალბატონი (kalbaṭoni)
- German: Frau (de) f, Fräulein (de) n (traditionally, for unmarried women)
- Greek: κυρία (el) f (kyría)
- Hebrew: גברת \ גְבֶרֶת (he) f (gvéret)
- Hindi: महोदया (hi) f (mahodyā), साहिबा f (sāhibā), श्रीमती (hi) f (śrīmtī), मैडम (hi) f (maiḍam)
- Hungarian: asszonyom (hu), hölgyem
- Icelandic: frú (is) f
- Indonesian: nyonya (id), puan (id)
- Italian: signora (it) f
- Japanese: 奥様 (おくさま, okusama), 奥さん (おくさん, okusan)
- Kabuverdianu: nha
- Kazakh: ханым (kk) (xanım), мадам (kk) (madam)
- Korean: 아씨 (ko) (assi), 아가씨 (ko) (agassi) (to young woman), 아줌마 (ko) (ajumma)
- Kyrgyz: айым (ky) (ayım), мадам (madam)
- Lao: ມາດາມ (mā dām)
- Latvian: kundze f
- Lithuanian: ponia f
- Macedonian: госпоѓа f (gospoǵa)
- Malay: puan
- Maori: whae
- Mongolian: хатагтай (mn) (hatagtaj)
- Bokmål: frue (no) m, f
- Nynorsk: frue f
- Persian: خانم (fa) (xânom), مادام (fa) (mâdâm)
- Polish: pani (pl) f
- Portuguese: madame (pt) f, madama (pt) f, senhora (pt) f
- Romanian: doamnă (ro) f, madam (ro) f
- Russian: госпожа́ (ru) f (gospožá), мада́м (ru) f (madám), суда́рыня (ru) f (sudárynja) (obsolete), ба́рыня (ru) f (bárynja) (obsolete), да́ма (ru) f (dáma)
- Cyrillic: госпођа f
- Roman: gospođa (sh) f
- Slovak: pani f
- Slovene: gospa (sl) f
- Spanish: señora (es) f
- Swedish: frun (sv) c, damen (sv) c
- Tajik: хонум (xonum)
- Thai: แหม่ม (th) (mɛ̀m), คุณนาย (th) (kun-naai), คุณม่าย
- Turkish: hanımefendi (tr), madam (tr), bayan (tr), hanım (tr)
- Turkmen: hanym
- Ukrainian: па́ні f (páni), мада́м f (madám)
- Urdu: صاحبہ f (sāhibā)
- Uyghur: خېنىم (xënim), خانىم (xanim)
- Uzbek: xonim (uz), bekam, madam (uz)
- Venetian: siora (vec) f
- Vietnamese: bà (vi) (older), chị (vi), cô (vi)
- Zulu: inkosikazi class 9/10, unkosikazi class 1a/2a, uma (zu) class 1a/2a
woman who manages a brothel
madam (third-person singular simple present madams, present participle madaming, simple past and past participle madamed)
- (transitive) To address as "madam".
- 1905, William Clark Russell, The Yarn of Old Harbour Town (page 208)
- He bowed to me, he madamed me, he was throughout as gentlemanlike and respectful as I had ever found him when we met at Old Harbour House or in Old Harbour Town.
- 1988, Gahan Wilson, Eddy Deco's Last Caper (page 123)
- "I don't care," she said. "They'll be dead in a few minutes if you'll just do your job. Stop madaming me and get to work."
From French madame
madam f (plural madammen or madams, diminutive madammeke n or madammeken n or madammetje n)
- female pimp
Borrowed from French madame.
madam (definite accusative madamı, plural madamlar)