ladyship

noun

la·​dy·​ship ˈlā-dē-ˌship How to pronounce ladyship (audio)
: the condition of being a lady : rank of lady
used as a title for a woman having the rank of lady
her Ladyship is not at home
if your Ladyship please

Examples of ladyship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Which brings us, finally, to Lady M. delightfully encapsulated by Sondra Radvanovsky, who vocally embraces all her ladyship’s contradictions. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 19 Sep. 2021 Her ladyship directed Richard and Henry to report on one another’s health in every letter home. Julie Flavell, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Aug. 2021 For almost a century, the Vogue treatment has been a perk of the first ladyship. BostonGlobe.com, 29 June 2021 Your ladyship The number of women India’s 25 high courts is rankling. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, 7 Nov. 2019 Streep’s chastising of Trump in her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes was derided as a sniffy display of royal hauteur, as if her ladyship had gotten her blue sash in a twist. James Wolcott, The Hive, 19 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ladyship was in the 13th century

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“Ladyship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ladyship. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

ladyship

noun
la·​dy·​ship ˈlād-ē-ˌship How to pronounce ladyship (audio)
: the rank or dignity of a lady
used as a title
her Ladyship is not at home

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