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ma'ame

EnglishEdit

ContractionEdit

ma'ame

  1. Contraction of madame.

FrenchEdit

ContractionEdit

ma'ame

  1. (dated, nonstandard) Contraction of madame.
    • 1904, Byron Nicholson, Le Canadien‐Français[1], page 138:
      —“ Oui, ma’ame, j’ai vu ça, mais sûr et certain, je ne suis pas irlandaise,” répondit la solliciteuse sans sourciller.

Usage notesEdit

  • This contraction, chiefly used to convey a non-native speaker's pronunciation or contraction of madame, fell out of use during the 20th century. The usual French contraction of madame is m'dame.