One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1plural form of Madame
2formal Used as a title to refer to more than one woman simultaneously.‘prizes were won by Mesdames Carter and Barnes’
- ‘While we were waiting we ordered soft drinks for the Mesdames, while I asked for a beer.’
- ‘Tea was provided by Mesdames H. Collins and Gare.’
- ‘Your next stop, Messieurs and Mesdames takes you to Chile.’
- ‘‘James Madison, of the United States of America, at your service, Mesdames,’ he declared in halting French.’
- ‘So, Mesdames and Messiurs, the victim of the events of the past week is not the EU itself, nor the social model of Western Europe.’
- ‘Thank you for your kind admittances, Mesdames.’
- ‘I'm fairly sure I wouldn't thank any of my friends for being that familiar with me and are the Mesdames T & S really oblivious to the whole pretend-lesbian subtext of their interactions?’
- ‘The play is God's gift to women and Mesdames Marie-Claire and Sandra don't half take their chance and flaunt it.’
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