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 or mesdames)

  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.
    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

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  • Hyphenation: ma‧dam

Noun[edit]

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

  1. madam

Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French madame.

Noun[edit]

madam ‎(definite accusative madamı, plural madamlar)

  1. madam

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