ma’am - definition and synonyms

noun spoken 

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/mæm/

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/mɑːm/
  1. 1
    American used for talking politely to a woman whose name you do not know

    Excuse me, ma’am, do you know what time it is?

  2. 2
    British used for talking to a queen, princess etc or to a woman of high rank in the police or the armed forces

    Yes, ma’am.