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Meaning of lady by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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 .


    • IPA: /ˈleɪdi/, X-SAMPA: /"leIdi/
    • Rhymes: -eɪdi
    • Hyphenation: la‧dy


    lady ( plural: ladies )

    1. ( historical ) The mistress of a household .
    2. A woman of breeding or higher class, a woman of authority .
      "I would like the dining room to be fully set by tonight; would you do so?" "Yes, my lady" .
    3. The feminine of lord .
    4. A title for someone married to a lord .
    5. A title for somebody married to a gentleman .
    6. A title that can be used instead of the formal terms of marchioness, countess, viscountess or baroness .
    7. A polite term referring to a woman .
      Please direct this lady to the soft furnishings department .
    8. ( ladies; in plural: only ) A polite form of address to women
      Ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to .. .
      Follow me, ladies!
    9. ( slang ) Used to address a female
      Hey, lady, move your car!
    10. ( ladies' or ladies ) Toilets intended for use by women .
    11. ( familiar ) An affectionate term for one's wife or girlfriend .
      But soft, what light through yonder window breaks...? It is my lady, O it is my love! -Romeo and Juliet
    12. ( slang ) a queen ( the playing card )
    13. ( archaic ) ( attributive ) ( with a professional title ) Who is a woman .
      A lady doctor .
    14. ( Wicca ) Alternative form of Lady .

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Explanation of lady by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a woman of refinement

    2. a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady
    3. a woman of the peerage in Britain

    4. a polite name for any woman

    5. a nice lady at the library helped me

    Definition of lady by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. Lady, a. Belonging or becoming to a lady; ladylike.

      “Some lady trifles.” Shak.