mme Unabridged


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[muh-dam, -dahm, ma-; mad-uhm; French ma-dam]
noun, plural mesdames [mey-dam, -dahm; French mey-dam] . (often initial capital letter)
a French title of respect equivalent to “Mrs.”, used alone or prefixed to a woman's married name or title: Madame Curie.
(in English) a title of respect used in speaking to or of an older woman, especially one of distinction, who is not of American or British origin. Abbreviation: Mme.

1590–1600; < French; see madam

madam, madame. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
madame (ˈmædəm, French madam)
n , pl mesdames
a married Frenchwoman: usually used as a title equivalent to Mrs, and sometimes extended to older unmarried women to show respect and to women of other nationalities
[C17: from French. See madam]

n , pl Mmes
the French equivalent of Mrs
[from French Madame, Mesdames]

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Word Origin & History

1599, see madam, which is an earlier borrowing of the same Fr. phrase. Originally a title of respect for a woman of rank, now given to any married woman. OED recommends madam as an Eng. title, madame in ref. to foreign women.
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