Madam

Mad"am

(?), n.;
pl. Madams, or Mesdames (#).
[See Madame.] 1. A gentlewoman; -- an appellation or courteous form of address given to a lady, especially an elderly or a married lady; -- much used in the address, at the beginning of a letter, to a woman. The corresponding word in addressing a man is Sir; often abbreviated ma'am when used as a term of address.
[1913 Webster]

2. The woman who is in charge of a household.
[PJC]

3. The woman who is in charge of a brothel.
[PJC]

 

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