Pronunciation: (mad'um; mu-dam', -däm', ma-; Fr. ma-dam'), [key]
—pl. mes•damesPronunciation: (mā-dam', -däm'; Fr. mā-dam'). [key] (often cap.)
1. a French title of respect equivalent to “Mrs.”, used alone or prefixed to a woman's married name or title: Madame Curie.
2. (in English) a title of respect used in speaking to or of an older woman, esp. one of distinction, who is not of American or British origin. Abbr.: Mme.
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