- a wealthy lady in George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem, noted for her kindness and generosity.
- (sometimes lowercase) a woman of noteworthy generosity or charity.
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- an ostentatiously charitable woman
after a character in George Farquhar's play The Beaux' Stratagem (1707)
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