- a lady who is in attendance upon a queen or princess.
- Facetious. a woman who is pregnant: flattering fashions for the lady-in-waiting.
Origin of lady-in-waiting
First recorded in 1860–65
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for lady-in-waiting
His mother, Anne, was a lady-in-waiting and companion of Anne Boleyn, Henry's second wife.Britain's Oldest - And Poshest - Bed
March 12, 2013
The Queen was accompanied in her car to the cathedral by a lady-in-waiting, Lady Farnham, and looked emotional at times.
In his place in the Queen's glass-sided Bentley was the Queen's lady-in-waiting Lady Farnham.Philip in Royal Prayers
June 5, 2012
Alternatively, they argue, she could become a lady-in-waiting to her sister and step inside the protective caress of the Palace.Pippa in Peril
March 5, 2012
His wife is the niece of an earl who once worked as a lady-in-waiting to a royal duchess.The Mastermind Behind the U.K.'s Smash
September 18, 2011
When he had gone she turned in alarm and whispered with her lady-in-waiting.The Minister of Evil
William Le Queux
"Old woman, you are exceedingly ill-bred," cried a lady-in-waiting.The Little Lame Prince
Dinah Maria Mulock
And even swore—in a polite, lady-in-waiting fashion, to be sure—to get even.Long Live the King
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Since then I've been a sort of lady-in-waiting—and now I'm nothing at all.In Brief Authority
Miss Molyneux—as if he had been Royalty—stood like a lady-in-waiting.The Portrait of a Lady
- a lady of a royal household who attends a queen or princess