One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A title or form of address used of or to a French-speaking woman.‘Madame Bovary’
- ‘A woman who had been standing next to me called out, Madame!’
- ‘Among themselves, women at the office never used a colleague's last name without preceding it with the title Madame.’
- ‘‘James Madison, of the United States of America, at your service, Mesdames,’ he declared in halted French.’
- ‘Not a sandwich au jambon and a carafe of Perrier, Madame, but a proper five-course French Lunch.’
- ‘A little girl with a pink dress and haunting brown eyes shouted, ‘Madame, Madame,’ in hopes of a handout.’
- 1.1 Used as a title for women in artistic or exotic occupations, such as musicians or fortune-tellers.‘Madame Eva bent once more over the crystal ball’
- ‘Madame Zelda won't tell Ralph his fortune, but she told Alice that she'll be coming into some money.’
- ‘The plot is thus: Madame Fate, a mysterious fortune teller, has foreseen her own death through her crystal ball with only 24 hours before the allotted hour.’
- ‘Cleo has her fortune read by Tarot card reader, Madame Irma.’
- ‘Believe that Madame L. told fortunes for a living.’
- ‘Why had Madame Rostropov, the real fortune teller, picked tonight not to turn up?’
French; compare with madam.
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