ma'am definition

  • noun:
    • Used as a kind of courteous target for a female: will likely that be cash or cost, ma'am?
    • A contracted type of madam
    • Madam; my lady; -- a colloquial contraction of madam frequently used in direct address, and sometimes as an appellation.
    • A common colloquial contraction of madam, made use of particularly in answers, after yes-and-no, or interrogatively, when one needs or has not distinctly heard a question.
    • At the British Court it is used, instead of ‘madam,’ in addressing the queen or a royal princess.
    • a female of sophistication

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