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ma'amnoun [as form of address]

uk   /mɑːm/ us   /mɑːm/
B1 a polite way of talking to a woman: How can I help you, ma'am?
in Britain, used to address the Queen, or a woman of high rank in particular organizations, such as the army or the police
in the past, used when talking to a woman of higher social class
(Definition of ma'am from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us   /mæm/
contraction of madam : Can I help you, ma’am?
(Definition of ma’am from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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