Definition of madam noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmædəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmædəm//
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  1. 1[singular] (formal) used when speaking or writing to a woman in a formal or business situation Can I help you, madam? Dear Madam (= used like Dear Sir in a letter) see also ma’am
  2. 2[countable] (informal, disapproving, especially British English) a girl or young woman who expects other people to do what she wants She's a proper little madam.
  3. 3[countable] a woman who is in charge of the prostitutes in a brothel
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French ma dame ‘my lady’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: madam