noun, plural la·dies.
- an attribute or abstraction personified as a woman; a designation of an allegorical figure as feminine: Lady Fortune; Lady Virtue.
- a title prefixed to the name of a goddess: Lady Venus.
Origin of lady
An approach that is increasingly followed is to avoid specifying the sex of the performer or practitioner. Person or a sex-neutral term can be substituted for lady, as cleaner for cleaning lady and sales associate or salesclerk for saleslady. When circumstances make it relevant to specify sex, woman rather than lady is used, the parallel term being man: Men doctors outnumber women doctors on the hospital staff by more than three to one. See also -person, -woman.
Examples from the Web for ladies
As in the past, you can pull up beside some ladies of the night and call them into your car.I Felt Like Showering After the First-Person Sex in ‘Grand Theft Auto’|Alec Kubas-Meyer|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He knew all about cilantro and the best facial cleanses, but in bed and on the kitchen table he was all about the ladies.How Straight World Stole ‘Gay’: The Last Gasp of the ‘Lumbersexual’|Tim Teeman|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The second time we went, it was sort of their favorite of the ladies and their favorite of the guys.How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star|Kevin Fallon|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ladies, awful pick-up lines are about to get a whole lot worse.
So just pretend that stuff never happens, would you, ladies?Renee Zellweger’s Fine, But We Need Some Work: The Toxic Pursuit of ‘Effortless’ Beauty|Amanda Marcotte|October 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The women and children were being hurried to the ships, and two ladies were hastening past my friend.The Angel and the Author - and Others|Jerome K. Jerome
It relieved him to see the two ladies seated opposite each other in the bow window, and to hear something like a laugh in the air.The Marriage of Elinor|Margaret Oliphant
The money at the door, and that everyone should behave as ladies and gentlemen, were the only things insisted upon.The Malefactor|E. Phillips Oppenheim
After the dance had continued about an hour, the two ladies, who were apprehensive of catching cold, moved to break up the ball.The Vicar of Wakefield|Oliver Goldsmith
The ladies looked that way: but I would not, supposing it was Mr. Williams.Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded|Samuel Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for ladies (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for ladies (2 of 3)
noun plural -dies
- a polite name for a woman
- (as modifier)a lady doctor