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


[ley-dee-in-wey-ting] /ˈleɪ di ɪnˈweɪ tɪŋ/
noun, plural ladies-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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


noun (pl) ladies-in-waiting
a lady of a royal household who attends a queen or princess
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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