madam

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English[edit]

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From Old French madame, from ma ‘my’ + dame ‘lady’, from post-classical Latin mea domina.

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madam (plural madams)

  1. 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.
  2. The mistress of a household.
  3. (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.
  4. (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.

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madam (third-person singular simple present madams, present participle madaming, simple past and past participle madamed)

  1. (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."

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French madame

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • Hyphenation: ma‧dam

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madam f (plural madammen or madams, diminutive madammeke n or madammeken n or madammetje n)

  1. madam
  2. female pimp

Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French madame.

Noun[edit]

madam (definite accusative madamı, plural madamlar)

  1. madam

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Inflection
Nominative madam
Definite accusative madamı
Singular Plural
Nominative madam madamlar
Definite accusative madamı madamları
Dative madama madamlara
Locative madamda madamlarda
Ablative madamdan madamlardan
Genitive madamın madamların
Possessive forms
Singular Plural
1st singular madamım madamlarım
2nd singular madamın madamların
3rd singular madamı madamları
1st plural madamımız madamlarımız
2nd plural madamınız madamlarınız
3rd plural madamları madamları