Ma*don"na(?), n. [It. madonna my lady. See Dame, Donna, and cf. Madame, Monkey.] 1. My lady; -- a term of address in Italian formerly used as the equivalent of Madame, but for which Signora is now substituted. Sometimes introduced into English. Shak.
The Italian painters are noted for drawing the Madonnas by their own wives or mistresses.Rymer.
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