land·​la·​dy | \ ˈland-ˌlā-dē How to pronounce landlady (audio) \

Definition of landlady

: a woman who is a landlord

Examples of landlady in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There, Sabit ran into her Kazakh landlady and her husband. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, "Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang," 5 Apr. 2021 Signora Angeletti, the landlady of what would later become the Keats-Shelley House, presented Keats’s friend, the British painter, John Severn, with a bill for broken chinaware. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, "The Keats-Shelley House Commemorates The Death Of Keats," 2 Mar. 2021 On April 22, 1897, Julia went to Maud's room while Maud and her landlady were on an errand. Tom Dillard, Arkansas Online, "Outcome of a sordid affair," 27 Dec. 2020 As a Fulbright scholar, Professor Hackett lived in a tiny flat in Munich, where his strict landlady brought him crusty rolls each morning for breakfast. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, "David Hackett, Historian and Holocaust Expert, Dies at 80," 15 Dec. 2020 According to the Evening Standard, after retrieving a spare key from the landlady, Stephen managed to enter the home and found Flack unconscious. Phil Boucher,, "Love Island Host Caroline Flack Wanted to 'Find Harmony' with Boyfriend Ahead of Her Death," 5 Aug. 2020 The brutal killing of an elderly landlady offers no forensic answers and stumps detectives. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "What to watch on Wednesday: ‘World’s Most Wanted’ on Netflix," 5 Aug. 2020 Plimpton even reached out to Finch’s spring training contacts: his driver, his landlady. Chris Erskinecolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Remembering Sidd Finch, the Mets prospect who seemed almost too good to be true," 1 Apr. 2020 This same frugality underpinned my landlady’s generosity. New York Times, "Tiny Love Stories: ‘Our Second Baby Turned Us Into Business Partners’," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of landlady

circa 1536, in the meaning defined above

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11 Apr 2021

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“Landlady.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of landlady

: a woman who owns a house, apartment, etc., and rents it to other people
: a woman who runs an inn, pub, or rooming house


land·​la·​dy | \ ˈland-ˌlā-dē How to pronounce landlady (audio) \
plural landladies

Kids Definition of landlady

1 : a woman who owns land or houses that she rents
2 : a woman who runs an inn or rooming house

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