madam Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “madam” - English Dictionary

"madam" in American English

See all translations

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 British English

See all translations

madamnoun

uk   /ˈmæd.əm/ 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 carry your suitcases for you, Madam?
Dear Madam
B2 the usual way of beginning a formal letter to a woman whose name you do not know
[S] UK disapproving a young girl who behaves like an older woman, expecting others to obey her: She's turning into a proper little madam.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Madam" in Business English

See all translations

Madamnoun [S]

uk   /ˈmædəm/ us   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 formal letter 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 official title used when speaking to a woman who has a senior position in a government: Madam Secretary, are there any circumstances under which the United States would agree to this policy?
Compare
(Definition of Madam from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of madam?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“madam” in Business English

More meanings of “madam”

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

environment

the air, water, and land in or on which people, animals, and plants live

Word of the Day

decision fatigue noun
decision fatigue noun
May 30, 2016
a decreased ability to make decisions as a result of having too many decisions to make Our brains have a finite number of decisions they can make before they get depleted and become less discerning – so this is called decision fatigue.

Read More