Today’s Shakespearean word of the day is… madonna
Warning! Don’t read in the title of the Virgin Mary (or the stage name of a famous pop singer!)
Madonna is a noun meaning ‘my lady’, used in Shakespeare as an affectionate, jocular term of endearment.
In Twelfth Night, Feste calls Olivia ‘good madonna’ (Twelfth Night, 1.5.54).
This definition is taken from the Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary, a unique dictionary to unlock the mysteries of Shakespeare’s world, words and language, compiled by renowned English language expert David Crystal and Shakespearean actor and producer Ben Crystal.