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Definition of LADY

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Lady \La"dy\, a.
     Belonging or becoming to a lady; ladylike.
     [1913 Webster] "Some lady trifles."            --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Lady \La"dy\ (l[=a]"d[y^]), n.; pl. {Ladies} (l[=a]"d[i^]z). [OE. ladi, l[ae]fdi, AS. hl[=ae]fdige, hl[=ae]fdie; AS. hl[=a]f loaf + a root of uncertain origin, possibly akin to E. dairy. See {Loaf}, and cf. {Lord}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. A woman who looks after the domestic affairs of a family; a mistress; the female head of a household. [1913 Webster]

              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.). [1913 Webster]

     2. A woman having proprietary rights or authority; mistress;
        -- a feminine correlative of lord. "Lord or lady of high degree." --Lowell. [1913 Webster]

              Of all these bounds, even from this line to this, .
              . .
              We make thee lady.                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. A woman to whom the particular homage of a knight was paid; a woman to whom one is devoted or bound; a sweetheart. [1913 Webster]

              The soldier here his wasted store supplies, And takes new valor from his lady's eyes. --Waller. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     5. A woman of refined or gentle manners; a well-bred woman;
        -- the feminine correlative of {gentleman}. [1913 Webster]

     6. A wife; -- not now in approved usage. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

     7. Hence: Any woman; as, a lounge for ladies; a cleaning lady; also used in combination; as, saleslady. [PJC]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     {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.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

26 Moby Thesaurus words for "Lady":
     Eminence, Grace, Her Excellency, Her Highness, Her Ladyship, Her Majesty, Highness, His Lordship, His Majesty, Honor, Imperial Highness, Imperial Majesty, Ladyship, Lord, Lordship, Majesty, My Lady, My Lord, Reverence, Royal Highness, Royal Majesty, Serene Highness, Worship, Your Lordship, milady, milord



Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

107 Moby Thesaurus words for "lady":
     Dulcinea, Eve, Frau, Fraulein, Miss, Mistress, Mlle, Mme, Mmes, acceptable person, archduchess, baroness, best girl, better half, capital fellow, common-law wife, concubine, countess, dame, daughter of Eve, diamond, distaff, domina, dona, donna, dowager, dream girl, duchess, faithful, feme, feme covert, femme, frow, galantuomo, gem, gentilhomme, gentleman, gentlewoman, gill, girl, girl friend, good fellow, good lot, good man, good person, good sort, good woman, goodwife, goody, grand duchess, helpmate, helpmeet, honest man, honest woman, inamorata, jewel, jill, jo, khanum, lady love, lass, lassie, madam, madame, mademoiselle, man of honor, marchioness, margravine, married woman, matron, mem-sahib, mensch, mesdames, milady, mistress, noblewoman, old lady, old woman, pearl, peeress, perfect gentleman, perfect lady, persona grata, prince, real lady, real man, rib, right sort, rough diamond, senhora, senhorita, signora, signorina, squaw, straight shooter, true blue, truepenny, trusty, viscountess, vrouw, wahine, weaker vessel, wedded wife, wife, woman, woman of honor, worthy


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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