Meaning of “ma'am” in the English Dictionary

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"ma'am" in British English

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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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