Madam is the word to call a woman with respect. Of course it has another meaning. Is there another word used to call a woman with respect?

  • "Madam" is only vulgar if you call someone a madam. See here for some discussion. – simchona Sep 25 '11 at 5:23
  • Have you tried looking up synonyms in a thesaurus or dictionary? – Hugo Sep 25 '11 at 7:50
  • Madam vs. Ma'am – Callithumpian Sep 26 '11 at 1:58
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    In general, the use of a formal term of respect carries a high risk of being seen as sarcastic in any circumstances where that level of formality isn't more-or-less demanded. – Karl Knechtel Sep 26 '11 at 8:39

There's dame, ma'am, lady, or noblewoman. Unfortunately, most of these are reserved titles for royalty. The one I find the most commonly used is ma'am (which is short for madam), although this too is a term used in Britain to address the queen or a royal princess according to Dictionary.com.

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To some extent it also depends upon the context. @Bill provides helpful examples pertaining to royalty.

You can also use Miss, Ms, Mrs. suffixed by first or last name depending upon her position relative to the speaker.

This link may help.

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