American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Used as a form of polite address for a woman: Will that be cash or charge, ma'am?
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A common colloquial contraction of madam, used especially in answers, after yes and no, or interrogatively, when one expects or has not distinctly heard a question.
- n. At the British Court it is used, instead of ‘madam,’ in addressing the queen or a royal princess.
- n. A contracted form of madam
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Madam; my lady; -- a colloquial contraction of
madamoften used in direct address, and sometimes as an appellation.
- n. a woman of refinement
- Contraction of madam (Wiktionary)
“Anyone in harness to her Majesty in one form or another learns to use the term 'ma'am' as in 'charm' or sometimes as in 'jam'.”
“Although we do hear about how distressing it is to be called "ma'am" by a bartender at a "Nineties" party held by ironic hipsters.”
“• The queen is referred to as "your majesty" on the first greeting; in subsequent references, she is to be called "ma'am.”
“â¢ The queen is referred to as "your majesty" on the first greeting; in subsequent references, she is to be called "ma'am.”
“The next minute, I find myself in the studio with all these amazing people, and--"wham bam thank you ma'am"--now we've got an album coming out in September.”
“Because of actor Jack Webb's immortal line -- "just the facts, ma'am"- I call this the Dragnet method.”
“I frowned; part of me resisted being called "ma'am," and all of me hated "miss.”
“At Monday's hearing, Hamilton said little except "Yes, ma'am" as he answered questions from Circuit Court Judge Mary Grace O'Brien about whether he understood the implications of his guilty plea.”
“Well, ma'am, if 2+2 = 4, I am going to keep saying that 2+2 = 4!”
“Finally, Oprah turned to me and said, "Yes ma'am, you have a comment.”
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Generic descriptors for a person that don't tell you anything about him or her (except, perhaps, that person's gender, age, or social class). Nice and anonymous. Useful at cocktail parties.
these words are permanently linked in my mind with a particular context, or are made-up words from books and the like. e.g. esteekers is from a kids' book called Sahara Special.
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