madam

Definitions

  • THIS, MADAM, IS THE STEREOSCOPIC LENS
    THIS, MADAM, IS THE STEREOSCOPIC LENS
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n madam a woman of refinement "a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady"
    • n madam a woman who runs a house of prostitution
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Additional illustrations & photos:

MADAM, THE DRUM OF YOUR RIGHT EAR IS ALMOST ENTIRELY DESTROYED MADAM, THE DRUM OF YOUR RIGHT EAR IS ALMOST ENTIRELY DESTROYED
Feodora and Madame Yonsmit Feodora and Madame Yonsmit
No, no, madam; you shall die this very minute No, no, madam; you shall die this very minute
Nothing, Madam, Nothing, Madam,
Confound your dog, madam Confound your dog, madam
PORTRAIT OF MADAME RÉCAMIER PORTRAIT OF MADAME RÉCAMIER
Hybrid Tea. MADAME RAVARY Hybrid Tea. MADAME RAVARY
Hybrid Tea. MADAME PERNET DUCHER Hybrid Tea. MADAME PERNET DUCHER

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Beatles were depicted in wax at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London, in 1964, the first pop album stars to be honored.
    • Madam 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.
    • Madam The woman who is in charge of a brothel.
    • Madam The woman who is in charge of a household.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Madam mad′am a courteous form of address to a lady, esp. an elderly or a married one: a woman of fashion
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Quotations

  • Pierre De Beaumarchais
    Pierre De Beaumarchais
    “Drinking, when we are not thirsty and making love all year round, madam; that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals.”
  • Elizabeth Gaskell
    Elizabeth Gaskell
    “Madam your wife and I didn't hit it off the only time I ever saw her. I won't say she was silly, but I think one of us was silly, and it wasn't me.”
  • Sydney Smith
    Sydney%20Smith
    “Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.”
  • Charlotte Bronte
    Charlotte%20Bronte
    “Consistency, madam, is the first of Christian duties.”
  • William Ernest Henley
    William Ernest Henley
    “Madam, Life's a piece in bloom death goes dogging everywhere: She's the tenant of the room he's the ruffian on the stair.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    Oliver%20Goldsmith
    “You, that are going to be married, think things can never be done too fast: but we that are old, and know what we are about, must elope methodically, madam.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Madame
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—ma, my, dame, lady—L. mea domina.

Usage

In literature:

Madam was mighty fine.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
It is too bad, madam; you must let her out.
"Valerie" by Frederick Marryat
If Monsieur Bayou comes by the new road, tell him that I am gone by Madame Oge's.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
The other girls did not even dare whisper at first after the Madame and the three girls were behind the closed door of the Madame's anteroom.
"A Little Miss Nobody" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Did your ladyship call, madam?
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
Madame Lepelletier wonders why they so jar upon each other.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Madame de Nervac turned pale, and the Count Damoreau turned red, and M. de Bonneville gnawed his nails as he was reading.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
He lent me Madame Guyon's Life once to read.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
As they left the church, Madame Rivals approached Madame D'Argenton and asked permission to take Jack home with her to breakfast.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
Madame Zattiany kindly permitted me to bring him as she was having a little party.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
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In poetry:

Adew, madam, and my mystresse,
Adew, my sollace and my ioye!
Adew untyll agayne I see yow,
Adew I saye ouercom by sadnesse.
"Adieu Madam Et Ma Mastres" by King Henry VIII
Sayes, "Christ you save, my deare Madame;"
Sayes, "Christ you save and see;"
Sayes, "You be welcome, Kyng Estmere,
Right welcome unto mee.
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
Alas, madam, who I love so much,
Allow me to be your humble servant:
Your humble servant I will always remain,
And as long as I live, no other will I love.
"Helas Madam" by King Henry VIII
"Ah Madam; you've indeed come back here?
'Twas sad—your husband's so swift death,
And you away! You shouldn't have left him:
It hastened his last breath."
"A Woman's Fancy" by Thomas Hardy
"Dear Madam, I wonder you start at a kiss,
Three days, at least, after its ended;
You ne'er, at the time, thought I acted amiss;
But by me you'll no more be offended."
"The Impatient Lass" by William Hutton
She paus'd ; and fix'd her eyes upon her fan ;
He took a pinch of snuff, and thus began ;
Madam, if Love — but he cou'd say no more,
For Mademoiselle came rapping at the door.
"Wednesday, the Tête à Tête" by Mary Wortley Montagu

In news:

Lobbyist on DC Madam's Phone List.
The "D. C. Madam" sex scandal now has a Wisconsin connection TODAY'S TMJ4 has learned that the cell phone number of one of the most powerful men in Wisconsin is on the madam's phone records.
Madame Noire sits down with talk show host Audra Lowe to discuss her success and how she manages it all.
'Manhattan Madam ' Anna Gristina released on probation.
Former madam runs for Governor.
A self-confessed ex- madam who claims disgraced former Gov Eliot Spitzer was a frequent client, vowed Monday to run against him for state comptroller if he throws his hat in the ring.
The so-called Manhattan Madam declined to elaborate.
Notorious Hockey Mom Madam Anna Gristina turned herself in yesterday for what was essentially a no-jail sentencing, then joined her lawyer in taking a parting shot at.
Manhattan madam Anna Gristina released from jail on time served after she gets 6 months.
Alleged "Manhattan Madam " Anna Gristina in an interview with Dr Phil on Sept 12, 2012.
Anna Gristina, the so-called "Manhattan Madam " accused of running an upscale escort service in New York City, will be in court today for sentencing, CBS New York reports.
Manhattan " Madam " case.
The suburban mother of four charged with moonlighting as a multimillion-dollar madam pleaded guilty in September to promoting prostitution and is scheduled for sentencing on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012.
Anna Gristina, the woman dubbed the "Manhattan Madam ", sits in the Manhattan Supreme Court for sentencing with her lawyer Norman Pattis (L).
Manhattan madam released from jail on time served.
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In science:

In the literature, there are a lot of papers devoted to the study of the variance Gamma process where a random time change is given by a Gamma process Γ(t), t > 0 with distribution given by the formula (3.1) (see Madam, Carr and Chang , Madan and Seneta , Kozubowski, Meerschaert and Pod`orski ).
Generalized Gamma Process: some results about composition and subordination
If it shall be shown that it is actually so, the positive and negative electrons that appear in this way may with good right be called, according to the proposal of Madame Curie, materialization electrons, as they represent the complete transformation of radiant energy into material corpuscles.
Enrico Fermi's view of identical particles
Some experimental message-to-speech systems are described in (Young and Fallside, 1979; Witten and Madams, 1977; Danlos et al., 1986; Davis and Hirschberg, 1988; House and Youd, 1990). A good introduction to past and recent work on speech recognition can be found in (Waibel and Lee, 1990).
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
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