Madam Mad"am, n.; pl. {Madams}, or {Mesdames}. [See {Madame}.] 1. A gentlewoman; -- an appellation or courteous form of address given to a lady, especially an elderly or a married lady; -- much used in the address, at the beginning of a letter, to a woman. The corresponding word in addressing a man is {Sir}; often abbreviated ma'am when used as a term of address. [1913 Webster]

2. The woman who is in charge of a household. [PJC]

3. The woman who is in charge of a brothel. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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