- plural of lady-in-waiting.
- a lady who is in attendance upon a queen or princess.
- Facetious. a woman who is pregnant: flattering fashions for the lady-in-waiting.
Origin of lady-in-waiting
First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for ladies-in-waiting
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</p>
George Henry Blore
By the way, I hear you haven't sent for any of your ladies-in-waiting this morning.In Brief Authority
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
- a lady of a royal household who attends a queen or princess
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