madam Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “madam” in the English Dictionary

"madam" in British English

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madamnoun

uk   us   /ˈmæd.əm/

madam noun (WOMAN)

B1 [as form of address] (usually Madam) a ​formal and ​polite way of ​speaking to a woman: May I ​carryyoursuitcases for you, Madam?Dear Madam B2 the ​usual way of ​beginning a ​formalletter to a woman whose ​name you do not ​know [S] UK disapproving a ​younggirl who ​behaves like an ​older woman, ​expectingothers to ​obey her: She's ​turning into a ​proper little madam.
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madam noun (SEX)

[C] a woman who is in ​charge of a ​group of prostitutes who ​live or ​work in the same ​house
(Definition of madam from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"madam" in American English

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madamnoun [U]

 us   /ˈmæd·əm/ (contraction ma’am) fml
a ​polite word used to ​address a woman, or a ​title for a woman used before a ​position: "May I ​help you, madam?" Madam President A madam can also be a woman who is in ​charge of a brothel (= ​place where men ​pay to have ​sex with women)
(Definition of madam from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"Madam" in Business English

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Madamnoun [S]

uk   us   /ˈmædəm/ formal
a ​formal and polite way of speaking to a woman: May I ​carry your ​cases for you, Madam?
Dear Madam the usual way of beginning a ​formalletter to a woman whose ​name you do not know: Dear Madam, I am writing to ​enquire about ...
Madam Minister/President/Secretary/Speaker, etc. POLITICS the ​officialtitle used when speaking to a woman who has a ​seniorposition in a ​government: Madam ​Secretary, are there any circumstances under which the United ​States would ​agree to this ​policy?
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