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[land-ley-dee] /ˈlændˌleɪ di/
noun, plural landladies.
a woman who owns and leases an apartment, house, land, etc., to others.
a woman who owns or runs an inn, rooming house, or boardinghouse.
Origin of landlady
First recorded in 1530-40; land + lady Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for landlady
Historical Examples
  • George was glad to have some one to talk to, but he was distressed by this narration of his landlady.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • The landlady looked at him in a motherly way and shook her head.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Their landlady was not willing to be hard upon them, but what could a poor woman do, she said.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The landlady came too, and both looked Rico over from head to foot.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • "Yes, I will;" for he could say that in the language in which the landlady spoke.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • She would gladly recompense the landlady in any way she might think desirable.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • He obeyed in silence, as usual, however, and went to the landlady.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • The landlady was already in hysterics; the Vogt girls were pale but plucky.

  • For some reason unconscionably delaying, the landlady did not reappear.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • As he raised his head from stooping to do so, he found the landlady beside him.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for landlady


noun (pl) -dies
a woman who owns and leases property
a landlord's wife
a woman who owns or runs a lodging house, pub, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for landlady

1520s, from land (n.) + lady.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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