noun, often attributive \ˈlā-dē\

: a woman who behaves in a polite way

: a woman of high social position

: a man's girlfriend

plural ladies

Full Definition of LADY

a :  a woman having proprietary rights or authority especially as a feudal superior
b :  a woman receiving the homage or devotion of a knight or lover
capitalized :  virgin mary —usually used with Our
a :  a woman of superior social position
b :  a woman of refinement and gentle manners
c :  woman, female —often used in a courteous reference <show the lady to a seat> or usually in the plural in address <ladies and gentlemen>
a :  wife
b :  girlfriend, mistress
a :  any of various titled women in Great Britain —used as the customary title of (1) a marchioness, countess, viscountess, or baroness or (2) the wife of a knight, baronet, member of the peerage, or one having the courtesy title of lord and used as a courtesy title for the daughter of a duke, marquess, or earl
b :  a woman who is a member of an order of knighthood — compare dame

Examples of LADY

  1. Her mother was always telling her to act like a lady.
  2. He bumped into some lady walking to the bus stop.
  3. He helped a little old lady cross the street.

Origin of LADY

Middle English, from Old English hlǣfdige, from hlāf bread + -dige (akin to ̄ge kneader of bread) — more at loaf, dairy
First Known Use: before 12th century

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Rhymes with LADY


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