Mam vs. Madam

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  • Madam

    Madam , or, as French, madame or , is a polite form of address for women, often contracted to ma’am . The abbreviation is “Mme” or “Mme” or “Mdm” and the plural is mesdames (abbreviated “Mmes” or “Mmes” or “Mdms”). The term was borrowed from the French madame (French pronunciation: ​[maˈdam]), which means “my lady”.

  • Mam (noun)

    Mum, mom; diminutive of mother.

  • Madam (noun)

    A polite form of address for a woman or lady.

    “Mrs Grey wondered if the outfit she was trying on made her look fat. The sales assistant just said, “It suits you, madam”.”

    “Later, Mrs Grey was sitting in her favourite tea shop. “Would madam like the usual cream cakes and patisserie with her tea?” the waitress asked.”

  • Madam (noun)

    The mistress of a household.

  • Madam (noun)

    A conceited or quarrelsome girl.

    “Selina kept pushing and shoving during musical chairs. The nursery school teacher said she was a bad-tempered little madam.”

  • Madam (noun)

    A woman who runs a brothel, particularly one that specializes in finding prostitutes for rich and important clients.

    “After she grew too old to work as a prostitute, she became a madam.””

  • Madam (verb)

    To address as “madam”.

  • Mam (noun)

    one’s mother

    “my mam would have had a fit if I’d gone out dressed like that”

    “I had to look after the other children while Mam worked”

  • Mam (noun)

    a term of respectful or polite address used for any woman

    “‘You all ride them horses down here?’ ‘Yes, mam.’”

Oxford Dictionary

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