Definitions

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)

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • An inhabitant of village A would stand a poor chance of his prayers being heard by the Madonna of village B; if you have a headache, it is no use applying to the _Madonna of the Hens, _ who deals with diseases of women; you will find yourself in a pretty fix if you expect financial assistance from the Madonna of village C: she is a weather-specialist.

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  • "Bless you, madonna! bless you!" said the faint chorus, in much the same tone as that in which they had a few minutes before praised and thanked the unseen Madonna.

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  • In early days an Italian in addressing a lady used the word Madonna, which, like the French word Madame, means My Lady.

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