noun, plural la·dies-in-wait·ing.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for lady-in-waiting

soubrette, abigail, maid-in-waiting

Examples from the Web for lady-in-waiting

Contemporary Examples of lady-in-waiting

Historical Examples of lady-in-waiting

  • 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.

  • Miss Molyneux—as if he had been Royalty—stood like a lady-in-waiting.

British Dictionary definitions for lady-in-waiting


noun plural ladies-in-waiting

a lady of a royal household who attends a queen or princess
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