English

Definition of ma’am noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    ma’am

     noun
    noun [singular]
     
    jump to other results
  1. 1
    BrE BrE//mæm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mæm//
     
    (North American English) used as a polite way of addressing a woman ‘Can I help you, ma'am?’ compare sir
  2. 2
    BrE BrE//mɑːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɑːm//
     
    (British English) used when addressing the Queen or senior women officers in the police or army = madam
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: contraction of madam.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ma’am