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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
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  • When he had gone she turned in alarm and whispered with her lady-in-waiting.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • "Old woman, you are exceedingly ill-bred," cried a lady-in-waiting.

    The Little Lame Prince Dinah Maria Mulock
  • And even swore—in a polite, lady-in-waiting fashion, to be sure—to get even.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Since then I've been a sort of lady-in-waiting—and now I'm nothing at all.

    In Brief Authority F. Anstey
  • Miss Molyneux—as if he had been Royalty—stood like a lady-in-waiting.

British Dictionary definitions for lady-in-waiting

lady-in-waiting

noun (pl) ladies-in-waiting
1.
a lady of a royal household who attends a queen or princess
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