Definition of lady
1a : a woman having proprietary rights or authority especially as a feudal superiorb : a woman receiving the homage or devotion of a knight or lover
2 capitalized : virgin mary —usually used with Our
3a : a woman of superior social positionb : a woman of refinement and gentle mannersc : woman, female —often used in a courteous reference show the lady to a seat or usually in the plural in address ladies and gentlemen
5a : 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 earlb : a woman who is a member of an order of knighthood — compare dame
Examples of lady in a sentence
Her mother was always telling her to act like a lady.
He bumped into some lady walking to the bus stop.
He helped a little old lady cross the street.
LADY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lady for English Language Learners
: a woman who behaves in a polite way
: a woman of high social position
: a man's girlfriend
LADY Defined for Kids
History for lady
Lady was actually formed as a compound word, though its nature has been completely disguised by centuries of sound change. The Old English ancestor of lady was hlǣfdige, “female head of the household.” This compound is made up of hlāf, “loaf, bread,” and -dige, which is thought to mean “kneader,” and is akin to Old English dāg, “dough.” Why the “kneader of dough” was thought to be the most important woman in the household we are not quite sure.
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