la·​dy·​like | \ ˈlā-dē-ˌlīk \

Definition of ladylike

1 : becoming or suitable to a lady
2 : resembling a lady in appearance or manners : well-bred
3a : feeling or showing too much concern about elegance or propriety ladylike embarrassment at not being the wife of a real doctor— Lewis Vogler
b : lacking in strength, force, or virility

Examples of ladylike in a Sentence

encouraging young women to be more ladylike

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Clothing trends moved toward edgy, casual looks, away from Mr. Wu’s demure, ladylike styles. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "The Reinvention of Jason Wu—and What It Means for American Fashion," 6 Feb. 2019 Alessandra Rich, Burberry, and Gucci all presented their options on the ladylike silhouette. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Queen Rania of Jordan Already Has the Must-Have Skirt You’ll Be Wearing Next Spring," 17 Oct. 2018 The key is to mix ladylike silhouettes, like a pointy mule with an A-line dress. Christina Perez, Harper's BAZAAR, "6 Unexpected Ways to Style the Shoes of the Season," 6 Sep. 2018 At the house Coco founded, Karl Lagerfeld paid homage to Mademoiselle Chanel’s habit of wearing layered, ladylike chains; elsewhere, unconventional mixes produced more arty effects (see Chloé). Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Fresh From the Spring 2019 Runways, 7 New Jewelry Trends and How to Wear Them," 15 Oct. 2018 What’s more, her addition of bright white sneakers brought a little sporty vibe to an otherwise ladylike look for that youthful high-low dressing that Selena is so well known for. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Wore a Sold-out Urban Outfitters Dress," 25 Sep. 2018 The Duchess stepped out looking regal in a ladylike spring dress by British brand Goat for a garden party honoring Prince Charles in. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Can Buy Meghan Markle's Sheer Dress She Wore For Her First Appearance As Duchess," 22 May 2018 Her mannish mixed-print shirt was a cool foil to her ladylike split skirt. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Rita Ora Debuts a New Look in Prada's Front Row," 23 Feb. 2018 Following her wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle's style at official royal events has been decidedly ladylike. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wears a Chic Black Suit on Her Second Day in Ireland," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of ladylike

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of ladylike

: polite and quiet in a way that has traditionally been considered suited to a woman


la·​dy·​like | \ ˈlā-dē-ˌlīk \

Kids Definition of ladylike

: suitable to a woman or girl who behaves in a polite way It was not ladylike to yell like that.— Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie

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