Mad·am n.; pl. Madams, or Mesdames
1. A gentlewoman; -- an appellation or courteous form of address given to a lady, especially an elderly or a married lady; -- much used in the address, at the beginning of a letter, to a woman. The corresponding word in addressing a man is Sir; often abbreviated ma'am when used as a term of address.
n 1: a woman of refinement; "a chauffeur opened the door of the
limousine for the grand lady" [syn: dame, ma'am, lady,
2: a woman who runs a house of prostitution [syn: brothel