- 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
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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Some of her early songs were so pointedly feminist that radio stations wouldn’t play them, yet she also wrote one of history’s only known songs about PMS, a look-out-fellas-ladies-be-crazy deep cut that, unlike most of her work, has not aged well.‘Dolly Parton, Songteller’ is a gold mine of little-seen photos and personal anecdotes|Allison Stewart|November 30, 2020|Washington Post
The lady who lived across the hall had gone to see her daughter in Georgia, and now she was stuck there while all her things were here.“We Don’t Even Know Who Is Dead or Alive”: Trapped Inside an Assisted Living Facility During the Pandemic|by Ava Kofman|November 30, 2020|ProPublica
A week or two later, I told the dog's owner how scared my kids are to go by their house — not because of the dog, but because of the "mean scary lady."Miss Manners: Do the right thing, even though neighbor is in the wrong|Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin|November 30, 2020|Washington Post
The only woman indicted in the 20-year history of the International Criminal Court is Simone Gbagbo, the former first lady of Cote d’Ivoire.Why It’s Important To See Women As Capable … Of Terrible Atrocities|LGBTQ-Editor|November 21, 2020|No Straight News
Honorifics should be used on envelopes, and widowhood does not change the lady’s form of address.
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
The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed BritainBy Tim Teeman Lady Grantham of ‘Downton Abbey’ is far from an anomaly.Six Must-Read Stories About Gay Mormon Husbands and Iranian Drug Wars|The Daily Beast|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Lady Rose is also rather subdued in the premiere, which is a pity.
“Officers had to go stop an elderly lady from being assaulted,” Sgt. Houston said.Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police—With a Black Panthers Tactic|Brandy Zadrozny|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The lady in black was reading her morning devotions on the porch of a neighboring bathhouse.
Grandmamma sits in her quaint arm-chair— Never was lady more sweet and fair!
The young lady, hearing his step, turned round and stood on the stair, confronting him fiercely.
See the ease and grace of the lady in the sacque, who sits on the bank there, under the myrtles, with the guitar on her lap!
At another time her affections were deeply engaged by a young gentleman who visited a lady on a neighboring plantation.
British Dictionary definitions for lady (1 of 2)
- a polite name for a woman
- (as modifier)a lady doctor