lady of the house

noun phrase

: the chief female in a household

Examples of lady of the house in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the early years, after the death of William’s first wife, Eliza was the de facto lady of the house, hosting dinners for William’s eminent literary colleagues. Heller McAlpin, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lady of the house was in the 14th century

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“Lady of the house.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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