- IPA: /ˈleɪdi/, X-SAMPA: /"leIdi/
- Rhymes: -eɪdi
- Hyphenation: la‧dy
- ( historical ) The mistress of a household .
- A woman of breeding or higher class, a woman of authority .
- The feminine of lord .
- A title for someone married to a lord .
- A title for somebody married to a gentleman .
- A title that can be used instead of the formal terms of marchioness, countess, viscountess or baroness .
- A polite term referring to a woman .
- ( ladies; in plural: only ) A polite form of address to women
- ( slang ) Used to address a female
- Hey, lady, move your car!
- ( ladies' or ladies ) Toilets intended for use by women .
- ( familiar ) An affectionate term for one's wife or girlfriend .
- ( slang ) a queen ( the playing card )
- ( archaic ) ( attributive ) ( with a professional title ) Who is a woman .
- ( Wicca ) Alternative form of Lady .
- bag lady
- dragon lady
- the First Lady
- gray lady
- ladies and gentlemen
- lady's bedstraw
- lady's eardrop
- lady's laces
- lady's man
- lady's mantle
- lady's slipper
- lady's thistle
- lady's thumb
- lady abbess
- lady beetle
- lady bird/lady-bird/ladybird
- Lady Bountifel
- lady bug/lady-bug/ladybug
- Lady Campbell
- lady chapel
- lady crab
- Lady Day
- lady fern/lady-fern
- lady's finger
- lady friend
- Lady Godiva
- lady killer, lady-killer, ladykiller
- Lady Macbeth strategy
- Lady McLeod
- lady of leisure
- lady of pleasure
- lady of the house
- lady of the night
- lady or tiger
- lady smock
- lady who lunches
- leading lady
- lollipop lady
- lunch lady/lunch-lady/lunchlady
- naked lady
- no way to treat a lady
- old lady
- one fat lady
- Our Lady
- painted lady
- Pink Lady/pink lady
- Tupperware lady
- two fat ladies
- white lady
- young lady
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From Middle English lady, laddy, lafdi, lavedi, from Old English hlǣfdīġe ( “mistress of a household, wife of a lord, lady”, literally “bread-kneader” ), from hlāf ( “bread” ) + dīġe ( “maid” ), related to Old English dǣġe ( “maker of dough” ). Compare also lord. More at loaf, dairy, dough .
lady ( plural: ladies )
Explanation of lady by Wordnet Dictionary
- Lady ( lād ), n.; pl. Ladies ( lādĭz ). [OE. ladi, læfdi, AS. hlǣfdige, hlǣfdie; AS. hlāf loaf + a root of uncertain origin, possibly akin to E. dairy. See Loaf, and cf. Lord.]
1. A woman who looks after the domestic affairs of a family; a mistress; the female head of a household.
Agar, the handmaiden of Sara, whence comest thou, and whither goest thou? The which answered, Fro the face of Sara my lady. Wyclif ( Gen. xvi. 8. ).
2. A woman having proprietary rights or authority; mistress; -- a feminine correlative of lord. “Lord or lady of high degree.” Lowell.
Of all these bounds, even from this line to this, . . .
We make thee lady. Shak.
3. A woman to whom the particular homage of a knight was paid; a woman to whom one is devoted or bound; a sweetheart.
The soldier here his wasted store supplies,
And takes new valor from his lady's eyes. Waller.
4. A woman of social distinction or position. In England, a title prefixed to the name of any woman whose husband is not of lower rank than a baron, or whose father was a nobleman not lower than an earl. The wife of a baronet or knight has the title of Lady by courtesy, but not by right.
5. A woman of refined or gentle manners; a well-bred woman; -- the feminine correlative of gentleman.
6. A wife; -- not now in approved usage. Goldsmith.
7. Hence: Any woman; as, “a lounge for ladies; a cleaning lady”; also used in combination; as, “saleslady”.
8. ( Zool. ) The triturating apparatus in the stomach of a lobster; -- so called from a fancied resemblance to a seated female figure. It consists of calcareous plates.
Ladies' man, a man who affects the society of ladies. -- Lady altar, an altar in a lady chapel. Shipley. -- Lady chapel, a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary. -- Lady court, the court of a lady of the manor. -- Lady crab ( Zool. ), a handsomely spotted swimming crab ( Platyonichus ocellatus ) very common on the sandy shores of the Atlantic coast of the United States. -- Lady fern. ( Bot. ) See Female fern, under Female, and Illust. of Fern. -- Lady in waiting, a lady of the queen's household, appointed to wait upon or attend the queen. -- Lady Mass, a Mass said in honor of the Virgin Mary. Shipley. Lady of the manor, a lady having jurisdiction of a manor; also, the wife of a manor lord. Lady's maid, a maidservant who dresses and waits upon a lady. Thackeray. -- Our Lady, the Virgin Mary.
- Lady, a. Belonging or becoming to a lady; ladylike.
“Some lady trifles.” Shak.
Definition of lady by GCIDE Dictionary