1) N-VOC (politeness) People sometimes say Madam as a very formal and polite way of addressing a woman whose name they do not know or a woman of superior rank. For example, a shop assistant might address a woman customer as Madam.

Try them on, madam.

2) N-VOC You use the expression `Dear madam' at the beginning of a formal letter or a business letter when you are writing to a woman.

Dear Madam, Thank you for your interest in our Memorial Scheme.

3) N-VOC: N n Madam is sometimes used in front of words such as `Chairman' to address the woman who holds the position mentioned.

I have to say this, Madam Chairman.

4) N-COUNT; N-VOC (disapproval) You can call a little girl a madam if you are annoyed because she is being naughty and behaving as if she expects other people to do what she wants. [mainly BRIT, SPOKEN]

Sue is a thoroughly precocious little madam if ever there was one...

Wait till I get you home, young madam.

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