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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)
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"madam" in British English

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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.

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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
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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 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?
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