from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The Virgin Mary.
- n. An image or figure of the Virgin Mary.
- n. Obsolete Used as a form of polite address for a married woman in an Italian-speaking area.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus.
- proper n. A female given name.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A picture of the Virgin Mary (usually with the babe).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. My lady; madam: an Italian title of address or of courtesy, equivalent to madam.
- n. Specifically
- n. [capitalized] The Virgin Mary (“Our Lady”); hence, a picture representing the Virgin.
- n. A kind of luster made in part of alpacawool.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the mother of Jesus; Christians refer to her as the Virgin Mary; she is especially honored by Roman Catholics
- n. United States pop singer and sex symbol during the 1980s (born in 1958)
Italian, from Old Italian : ma- (variant of mia, my, from Latin mea; see Madame) + donna, lady (from Latin domina; see Madame).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian madonna, from Old Italian ma ("my") + donna ("lady"). The given name is derived from the English term, not used as a given name in Italy. (Wiktionary)