madam
noun (plural madams) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French ma dame, literally, my lady Date: 14th century 1. plural mesdames lady — used without a name as a form of respectful or polite address to a woman 2. mistress 1 — used as a title formerly with the given name but now with the surname or especially with a designation of rank or office <
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3. the female head of a house of prostitution 4. the female head of a household ; wife

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • madam — [mad′əm] n. pl. madams; for 1, usually mesdames [mā däm′, mādam′] [mā däm′, mādam′] [Fr madame, orig. ma dame < L mea domina, my lady: see DAME] 1. a woman; lady: a polite term of address 2. the mistress of a household ☆ 3. a woman in charge… …   English World dictionary

  • madam — sustantivo femenino 1. Madama. madama o madam sustantivo femenino 1. Uso/registro: coloquial, restringido. Mujer que dirige un prostíbulo: La madama obsequia a los clientes de co …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • madam — c.1300, from O.Fr. ma dame, lit. my lady, from L. mea domina (Cf. MADONNA (Cf. madonna)). Meaning female owner or manager of a brothel is first attested 1871 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Madam — ↑ Dame …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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