mad|am [ˈmædəm] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: ma dame 'my lady']
1.) formal used to address a woman in a polite way, especially a customer in a shop
American Equivalent: ma'am
Are you being served, Madam?
2.) Dear Madam
formal used at the beginning of a business letter to a woman, when you do not know her name
3.) Madam President/Ambassador etc
used to address a woman who has an important official position
a woman who is in charge of a ↑brothel
5.) a (proper) little madam
BrE informal a young girl who is very confident and who expects other people to do everything she wants

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