One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A female employer of a servant (especially a black servant); a mistress.
2Frequently with capital initial. A respectful form of address or reference to a (white) woman; ‘madam’.
1930s; earliest use found in Stephen Black (1880–1931). From Afrikaans miesies from English missus.
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