- 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
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Examples from the Web for landlady
George was glad to have some one to talk to, but he was distressed by this narration of his landlady.Life in London
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
The landlady came too, and both looked Rico over from head to foot.
"Yes, I will;" for he could say that in the language in which the landlady spoke.
- a woman who owns and leases property
- a landlord's wife
- a woman who owns or runs a lodging house, pub, etc
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Word Origin and History for landlady
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