noun, plural land·la·dies.

a woman who owns and leases an apartment, house, land, etc., to others.
a woman who owns or runs an inn, rooming house, or boardinghouse.

Origin of landlady

First recorded in 1530–40; land + lady Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for landlady

Historical Examples of landlady

  • George was glad to have some one to talk to, but he was distressed by this narration of his landlady.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • The landlady looked at him in a motherly way and shook her head.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Their landlady was not willing to be hard upon them, but what could a poor woman do, she said.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • "Yes, I will;" for he could say that in the language in which the landlady spoke.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • The landlady came too, and both looked Rico over from head to foot.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

British Dictionary definitions for landlady


noun plural -dies

a woman who owns and leases property
a landlord's wife
a woman who owns or runs a lodging house, pub, etc
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Word Origin and History for landlady

1520s, from land (n.) + lady.

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