Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

ladies-in-waiting

[ley-deez-in-wey-ting] /ˈleɪ diz ɪnˈweɪ tɪŋ/
noun
1.
plural of lady-in-waiting.

lady-in-waiting

[ley-dee-in-wey-ting] /ˈleɪ di ɪnˈweɪ tɪŋ/
noun, plural ladies-in-waiting.
1.
a lady who is in attendance upon a queen or princess.
2.
Facetious. a woman who is pregnant:
flattering fashions for the lady-in-waiting.
Origin of lady-in-waiting
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for ladies-in-waiting
Historical Examples
  • Accompanied by their ladies-in-waiting they met at the church door.

  • And to the ladies-in-waiting he commended himself by his quiet courtesy.

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore
  • By the way, I hear you haven't sent for any of your ladies-in-waiting this morning.

    In Brief Authority F. Anstey
  • And one of the ladies-in-waiting had to go down; but she put on wooden clogs.

    The Yellow Fairy Book Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
  • Then I came here, attending to the ladies-in-waiting on the way.'

    A Witch Shall Be Born Robert E. Howard
  • When the princess had said this, she remained there concealed, surrounded by her ladies-in-waiting.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
  • They are given, among other prisoners, to the courtiers and the ladies-in-waiting.

    For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant
  • The three ladies-in-waiting reappear and place a padlock on his mouth.

  • Arrived in Munich, she confided the whole plan to her ladies-in-waiting.

    Historic Oddities Sabine Baring-Gould
  • Some eunuchs, come, no doubt, to fetch the ladies-in-waiting.

    The Daughter of Heaven Judith Gautier
British Dictionary definitions for ladies-in-waiting

lady-in-waiting

noun (pl) ladies-in-waiting
1.
a lady of a royal household who attends a queen or princess
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for ladies-in-waiting

Word Value for ladies

7
8
Scrabble Words With Friends