Lady Bountiful

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noun,plural Lady Bountifuls, Ladies Bountiful.
  1. a wealthy lady in George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem, noted for her kindness and generosity.

  2. (sometimes lowercase) a woman of noteworthy generosity or charity.

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How to use Lady Bountiful in a sentence

  • In Lady Bountiful there is no question of any great fundamental truth, no great human interest.

    The English Stage | Augustin Filon
  • And when he suddenly looked up he saw her standing there laughing, expectant, radiant, a Lady Bountiful surrounded by her riches.

    The Silver Poppy | Arthur Stringer
  • At one end of that gallery lies my Lady Bountiful and her daughter, and at the other Mrs. Sullen.

    The Beaux-Stratagem | George Farquhar
  • He had just opened a store on our street and in a Lady Bountiful spirit of helping him out, I went in to do a little trading.

  • In my character of Lady Bountiful I gave an old folks' supper in the soup kitchen, understood to be in honour of my return.

    The Christian | Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for lady bountiful

lady bountiful

  1. an ostentatiously charitable woman

Origin of lady bountiful

after a character in George Farquhar's play The Beaux' Stratagem (1707)

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