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Meaning of madam

mad•am

Pronunciation: (mad'um), [key]
— pl. mes•dames mad•ams
  1. (often cap.) a polite term of address to a woman, originally used only to a woman of rank or authority: Madam President; May I help you, madam?
  2. the woman in charge of a household: Is the madam at home?
  3. the woman in charge of a house of prostitution.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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