from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman who owns and rents land, buildings, or dwelling units.
- n. A woman who runs a rooming house or an inn; an innkeeper.
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- n. Female landlord
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A woman having real estate which she leases to a tenant or tenants.
- n. The mistress of an inn or lodging house.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman who owns houses or lands occupied by tenants.
- n. The wife of a squire or proprietor.
- n. The mistress of an inn or of a lodging-house or boarding-house.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a landlord who is a woman
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The other main character in the book apart from the murderer and his landlady is the city of London in the Noughties; socially and ethnically mixed, but on edge and easily fractured.
On Thursday night she complained of shortness of breath, and finding she did not get better she called her landlady.
Keep your head down, the landlady is looking at us.
We know our landlady is making a calculated gamble that she'll make more on our "affordable" but sure income for sev months each winter, rather than hoping that she'll be able to make a little more by renting it out to one of the many Mexican families who regularly flock to the coast every weekend.
Our landlady is just happy with anything we do because we have spent a lot of money to make improvements and we always pay our rent on time.
I called my landlady and casually inquired if my tailor had been there.
On the landing-place at the top of the stairs, he called the landlady, and bade her leave the children under the care of a young servant girl, and go down into the kitchen, to preside and keep guard in his stead.
The landlady is a friend of ours and lets us drink it in her back parlor, instead of in the bar, which would be improper for girls.
This was too reasonable a proposal to be denied, so he called the landlady of the house, and told her his wife was taken ill, and so ill that she could not think of going any farther in the stage-coach, which had tired her almost to death, and asked if she could not get us a lodging for two or three days in a private house, where I might rest me
I called the landlady to ask if my clothes could be returned.