A young lady.
- An example of a lady is a woman.
- A noble or gentile woman in the king's court is an example of a lady.
- When someone at a gas station wants to rudely get your attention, this is an example of a situation where he might say "hey lady!"
- the mistress of a household: now obs. except in the phrase the lady of the house
- a woman who has the rights, rule, or authority of a lord
- a woman of high social position
- a woman who is polite, refined, and well-mannered
- any woman: as a form of address, generally regarded as a polite term when used in the pl. [welcome, ladies and gentlemen] and as informal when used in the sing. [hey, lady, move your car!]
- Old-fashioned a woman with reference to the man who is her devoted attendant, lover, etc.
- [L-] in Great Britain,
- the title of respect given to a marchioness, countess, viscountess, or baroness; to the daughter of a duke, marquis, or earl; or to the wife of a baronet, knight, or holder of the courtesy title Lord
- this title as a form of address for a woman holding the title Lady, now used only by servants, salespeople, etc.: preceded by My
- [L-] the Virgin Mary: usually with Our
- Informal a mistress (sense ) or girlfriend (sense ), esp. one who is cohabiting
Origin of ladyMiddle English lavedi from Old English hlæfdige, lady, mistress from hlaf, loaf + -dige from dæge, (bread) kneader from Indo-European base an unverified form dhei?h-: see dough
- A woman of high social standing or refinement, especially when viewed as dignified or well-mannered.
- A woman who is the head of a household: Is the lady of the house at home?
- a. A woman, especially when spoken of or to in a polite way: Ladies, may I show you to your table?b. Used as a form of address for a woman, often with sarcasm or irritation: Look, lady, I was ahead of you in line.
- a. A woman who is the object of romantic or chivalrous love: a knight serving his lady.b. Informal A wife or girlfriend: a man kissing his lady at the airport.
- A lady in waiting: the queen and her ladies.
- Lady Chiefly British a. A general feminine title of nobility and other rank, specifically as the title for the wife or widow of a knight or baronet.b. Used as a form of address for a woman of high rank, especially for a marchioness, countess, viscountess, baroness, or baronetess.
- Lady The Virgin Mary. Usually used with Our.
Origin of ladyMiddle English mistress of a household from Old English hlǣfdige ; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: Lady is normally used as a parallel to gentleman to emphasize norms expected in polite society or in situations requiring courtesies: Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please. I believe the lady in front of the counter was here before me. The attributive use of lady, as in lady doctor, is widely offensive and outdated. When the sex of the person is relevant, the preferred modifier is woman or female . Twice as many members of the Usage Panel in our 1994 survey preferred female and male to woman and man as modifiers in the sentence President Clinton interviewed both &rule3m; and &rule3m; candidates for the position of Attorney General.
- (historical) The mistress of a household.
- 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".
- 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.
- (polite or used by children) A woman: an adult female human.
- Please direct this lady to the soft furnishings department.
- (in the plural) A polite reference or form of address to women.
- Ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to be here today. Follow me, ladies!
- (slang) Used to address a female.
- Hey, lady, move your car!
- (ladies' or ladies) Toilets intended for use by women.
- (familiar) A wife or girlfriend; a sweetheart.
- A woman to whom the particular homage of a knight was paid; a woman to whom one is devoted or bound.
- (slang) A queen (the playing card).
- (dated, with a professional title) Who is a woman.
- A lady doctor.
- (Wicca) Alternative form of Lady..
- The triturating apparatus in the stomach of a lobster, consisting of calcareous plates; so called from a fancied resemblance to a seated female figure.
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.
- An aristocratic title for a woman; the wife of a lord and/or a woman who holds the position in her own right; a title for a peeress, the wife of a peer or knight, and the daughters and daughters-in-law of certain peers.
- Sir John Smith and Lady Smith.
- Would Lady Macbeth care for dessert?
- (UK, birdwatching) Lady Amherst's pheasant.
- (Wicca) A high priestess