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.
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Origin of lady
usage note for 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.
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Cheney, a former second lady of the United States, is a careful student of history with a discerning eye.Four presidents who put Virginia’s stamp on early America|Andrew Burstein|October 30, 2020|Washington Post
A version of this article appears in the November 2020 issue of Fortune with the headline, “The first lady of Wall Street.”How Jane Fraser broke banking’s highest glass ceiling|Claire Zillman, reporter|October 19, 2020|Fortune
The wildflowers start popping in late March, but things really get going in April, when trillium and pink lady’s slippers bloom.The Ultimate Shenandoah National Park Travel Guide|Graham Averill|October 7, 2020|Outside Online
Evelyn Johnson is a full-time cat lady and a part-time blogger.Creating viral content: Is it possible to harness viral trends?|Evelyn Johnson|September 22, 2020|Search Engine Watch
I wonder what that lady is doing now, and if she knows what she set in motion with Archer?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Lady Edith is so sad that her sadness nearly set the whole damned house on fire.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith|Kevin Fallon|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Lady Rose is also rather subdued in the premiere, which is a pity.
Jennie Jerome, who went on to become Lady Randolph Churchill, was born in Brooklyn in 1854.
It is the most animated this Downton Abbey fan has ever seen Lady Grantham.
Good-night, Lady Peters; do not interrupt me again, if you please.Wife in Name Only|Charlotte M. Braeme (Bertha M. Clay)
If you had said or implied she was a lady, she would have shrunk as from a covert reflection on the quality of her work.The Flight of the Shadow|George MacDonald
So the lady continued, till she aggravated his highness into a great fury.
As those words were said, you might have seen at once why Lady Montfort was called haughty and reserved.What Will He Do With It, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
It took Lady Clare several months to accustom Shag (for that was the colt's name) to her ways.Boyhood in Norway|Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
British Dictionary definitions for lady (1 of 2)
noun plural -dies
- a polite name for a woman
- (as modifier)a lady doctor