from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Used as a courtesy title before the surname or full name of a woman, especially a married woman, in a French-speaking area: Madame Cartier; Madame Jacqueline Cartier.
  • n. Used as a form of polite address for a woman in a French-speaking area.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. My lady; -- a French title formerly given to ladies of quality; now, in France, given to all married women.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Madam; my lady: a term of address used like madam, but more formal or affected. Abbreviated Mme.
  • n. Formerly, in France, a term of address to a woman of rank, whether married or single. See mademoiselle, 1 and 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. title used for a married Frenchwoman


French, from Old French ma dame : ma, my (from Latin mea, feminine of meus; see me-1 in Indo-European roots) + dame, lady (from Latin domina, feminine of dominus, lord, master of a household; see dem- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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