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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A well-mannered and considerate woman with high standards of proper behavior.
  • n. A woman regarded as proper and virtuous.
  • n. A well-behaved young girl.
  • n. A woman who is the head of a household.
  • n. A woman, especially when spoken of or to in a polite way.
  • n. A woman to whom a man is romantically attached.
  • n. Informal A wife.
  • n. Chiefly British A general feminine title of nobility and other rank, specifically:
  • n. Chiefly British Used as the title for the wife or widow of a knight or baronet.
  • n. Chiefly British Used as a form of address for a marchioness, countess, viscountess, baroness, or baronetess.
  • n. Chiefly British Used as a form of address for the wife or widow of a baron.
  • n. Chiefly British Used as a courtesy title for the daughter of a duke, a marquis, or an earl.
  • n. Chiefly British Used as a courtesy title for the wife of a younger son of a duke or marquis.
  • n. The Virgin Mary. Usually used with Our.
  • n. Slang Cocaine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The mistress of a household.
  • n. A woman of breeding or higher class, a woman of authority.
  • n. The feminine of lord.
  • n. A title for someone married to a lord.
  • n. A title for somebody married to a gentleman.
  • n. A title that can be used instead of the formal terms of marchioness, countess, viscountess or baroness.
  • n. A polite term referring to a woman.
  • n. A polite form of address to women
  • n. Used to address a female
  • n. Toilets intended for use by women.
  • n. An affectionate term for one's wife or girlfriend.
  • n. a queen (the playing card)
  • n. (attributive) (with a professional title) Who is a woman.
  • n. Alternative form of Lady.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman who looks after the domestic affairs of a family; a mistress; the female head of a household.
  • n. A woman having proprietary rights or authority; mistress; -- a feminine correlative of lord.
  • n. A woman to whom the particular homage of a knight was paid; a woman to whom one is devoted or bound; a sweetheart.
  • n. A woman of social distinction or position. In England, a title prefixed to the name of any woman whose husband is not of lower rank than a baron, or whose father was a nobleman not lower than an earl. The wife of a baronet or knight has the title of Lady by courtesy, but not by right.
  • n. A woman of refined or gentle manners; a well-bred woman; -- the feminine correlative of gentleman.
  • n. A wife; -- not now in approved usage.
  • n. Any woman; ; also used in combination.
  • n. The triturating apparatus in the stomach of a lobster; -- so called from a fancied resemblance to a seated female figure. It consists of calcareous plates.
  • adj. Belonging or becoming to a lady; ladylike.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman who has authority over a manor or family; the mistress of a household: the feminine correlative to lord.
  • n. Specifically, in Great Britain, the proper title of any woman whose husband is higher in rank than baronet or knight, or who is the daughter of a nobleman not lower than an earl, though the title is given by courtesy also to the wives of baronets and knights; also, the feminine title correlative originally to Lord, and now also to Sir.
  • n. In the days of chivalry, the woman chosen by a knight or squire as the object of his especial service, his feats of arms being done in her honor, and his success ascribed to her influence.
  • n. A woman of good family and of established social position, or one accepted as such: a restricted sense correlative to gentleman in like use.
  • n. A woman of good breeding, education, and refinement of mind and manner: a general sense correlative to gentleman in like use: in common speech used indiscriminately as a synonym for woman (a use generally vulgar, and to be avoided except in address). See gentleman, 4.
  • n. A wife; a man's spouse: used in this sense always with direct reference to the husband: as, John Smith and lady.
  • n. A sweetheart.
  • n. A slate measuring about 16 inches long by 10 broad.
  • n. The calcareous apparatus in the cardiac part of the stomach of the lobster, the function of which is the trituration of the food.
  • Of a lady; ladylike.
  • n. In astrology, a term designating the planet Venus when in the circumstances under which, if a masculine planet, she would be termed lord: as, lady of the ascendant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a polite name for any woman
  • n. a woman of refinement
  • n. a woman of the peerage in Britain


Middle English, mistress of a household, from Old English hlǣfdige.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English lady, laddy, lafdi, lavedi, from Old English hlǣfdīġe ("mistress of a household, wife of a lord, lady", literally "bread-kneader"), from hlāf ("bread") + dīġe ("maid"), related to Old English dǣġe ("maker of dough"). Compare also lord. More at loaf, dairy, dough. (Wiktionary)



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