the Virgin Mary (usually preceded by the ).
a picture or statue representing the Virgin Mary.
(lowercase) Archaic. an Italian title of formal address to a woman.

1575–85; < Italian: my lady Unabridged
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Madonna1 (məˈdɒnə)
1.  chiefly RC Church a designation of the Virgin Mary
2.  (sometimes not capital) a picture or statue of the Virgin Mary
[C16: Italian, from ma my + donna lady]

Madonna2 (məˈdɒnə)
full name Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. born 1958, US rock singer and film actress. Her records include "Like a Virgin" (1985), "Like a Prayer" (1989), Ray of Light (1998), and Music (2000). Her films include Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) and Evita (1996)

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1584, "Italian lady," from It. madonna, from O.It. ma donna (It. mia donna) "my lady," from ma "my" + donna "lady." Sense of "picture or statue of the Virgin Mary" is from 1644.
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Madonna definition

A work of art depicting Mary, the mother of Jesus, especially one that shows her holding the infant Jesus; also a term for Mary herself. Madonna is Italian for “my lady.”

Madonna (Madonna Louise Ciccone)

An American pop singer known for her many incarnations, ranging from an early “Material Girl” to a movie star (Evita) to a mother and wife. Many consider Madonna a promotional genius for her ability to reinvent herself.

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