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ladylove

[ley-dee-luhv] /ˈleɪ diˌlʌv/
noun
1.
a beloved woman; sweetheart or mistress.
Origin of ladylove
1725-1735
First recorded in 1725-35; lady + love
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  • As he had told his ladylove, he was neither a child nor a fool.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • We called my grandmother "ladylove," because I guess that is what my grandfather called her.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • Nobody ever called her anything else but ladylove, not "Gran'ma" or anything like that.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • That was the way my grandmother ladylove was, as old as old, and nobody ever loved trees the way she did.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • Just then ladylove—my grandmother—came out of the side door.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • He's gone off hours ago to escort his ladylove from Hanbridge to Hillport.

    Hilda Lessways Arnold Bennett
  • It had needed but this, the sight of helpless distress in his ladylove, to finish his subjugation.

    The Tree of Knowledge

    Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
  • "They is," replied Mr. Toner, humbly and laconically; and his ladylove proceeded thitherward.

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell
  • Are you quite sure I may not have a ladylove and future father-in-law as well as yourself?

    Elsie and Her Loved Ones Martha Finley
  • At these young Sybaris smiles faintly, for his thoughts are away with his ladylove, the too fascinating Lydia.

    Horace Theodore Martin
British Dictionary definitions for ladylove

ladylove

/ˈleɪdɪˌlʌv/
noun
1.
(rare) a beloved woman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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