Lady-bountiful meaning

A charitable woman, esp. one who gives ostentatiously.
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A rich and generous woman.
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(derogatory) An over-patronising woman, showing off her wealth by acts of 'overwhelming' generosity.
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Origin of lady-bountiful

From a character in the 18th century play The Beaux' Stratagem by George Farquhar