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Lady Bountiful

noun, plural Lady Bountifuls, Ladies Bountiful.
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. Unabridged
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  • I come, an't please your ladyship—you're my Lady Bountiful, an't ye?

    The Beaux-Stratagem George Farquhar
  • Under her tutelage Mary also found it pleasant to play Lady Bountiful.

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • My dear Lady Bountiful: Your letter—the ridiculous one—came yesterday.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • Ruth, and her three sisters as well, loved to play Lady Bountiful.

  • Lady Bountiful, who was bountiful in nought but reviling, was the person whom I met.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat
  • You've been Lady Bountiful, and first-aider, and last-leaver.

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
  • Our Lady Bountiful had come in to pay for the chair and see the boy, but alas!

    The Story of Patsy

    Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
  • The Lady Bountiful of an English village takes the same interest in a child she has helped on in the world.

  • It seemed to her that she was a little Lady Bountiful, going about the world taking care of the poor.

    Little Grandmother Sophie May
  • There were presents for all the children, and Mrs. Roosevelt played Lady Bountiful to see that each child got its gift.

    Under Four Administrations Oscar S. Straus
British Dictionary definitions for Lady Bountiful

lady bountiful

an ostentatiously charitable woman
Word Origin
after a character in George Farquhar's play The Beaux' Stratagem (1707)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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