1The Virgin Mary.
- 1.1A picture, statue, or medallion of the Madonna, typically depicted seated and holding the infant Jesus.‘This week whilst at his daily travail Charles discovered one of his frypans has been miraculously scorched with a ghostly image of the madonna.’
- ‘He gave the madonna to Nathella, a riflery simulator to Clancy, pressed flowers to Fiona, and an abstract pattern to Aed.’
- ‘During the 1940s came a series of small maquettes of madonna and child, followed by family groups.’
- ‘Whenever I hear polyphony I do not think of original sin, or even of a Bellini madonna, but of patterns: musical shapes converging and dispersing like planets in the cosmos; shifting forms in light.’
- ‘Within the Christian tradition, the (single parent) madonna with the baby Jesus in her arms is a familiar image.’
- ‘This madonna came about when the parish priest of Tinajo put a statue of the virgin in the path of the lava flow at the end of the village, the lava changed course and the village was spared.’
- ‘For centuries, images of the madonna, the beautiful nude and now the supermodel have reigned, while ordinary women remain largely undepicted in art, film and photography.’
- ‘Graham had told me that he did not want to create yet another madonna who ‘looked like Mary Pickford.’’
- 1.2An idealized virtuous and beautiful woman.‘he describes Evelyn as a madonna’
- ‘Art and literature are as, if not more, responsible in this respect as law in creating models that reproduce stereotypes of women as madonnas or whores or, in fairy tale terms, wicked witches and sleeping beauties.’
- ‘Their colloquy is presided over by the ‘woman in the sun’ of the Book of Revelation; but in Pisanello's lighthearted interpretation she is, however solar, an elegant mouse of a woman; a childlike madonna cheek-to-cheek with her infant.’
- ‘One would fight to the death for the lady liege, the madonna, and be happy with a talismanic scarf, a kind glance.’
- ‘There are no formulary Baroque madonnas, prettily ornamental angels, or idealized saints here.’
- ‘He complains when the love of his life prefers Kandinsky's paintings to depictions of madonnas because he finds Kandinsky jarring and not conducive to bringing couples together.’
- ‘In the moonlit shadows, her head bent over her sister, she looked like a madonna.’
- 1.1A picture, statue, or medallion of the Madonna, typically depicted seated and holding the infant Jesus.
Late 16th century (as a respectful form of address to an Italian woman): Italian, from ma (old form of mia ‘my’) + donna ‘lady’ (from Latin domina).
(born 1958), US pop singer and actress; born Madonna Louise Ciccone. Albums such as Like a Virgin (1984) and her image as a sex symbol brought her international stardom in the mid 1980s.