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

  • n. Used as a form of polite address for a woman: Will that be cash or charge, ma'am?

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  • n. A contracted form of madam

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Madam; my lady; -- a colloquial contraction of madam often used in direct address, and sometimes as an appellation.

from The 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.

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

  • n. a woman of refinement

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