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

Definition of landlady

: a woman who is a landlord

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Pelosi, in a story photographed by his landlady (!), the lensmith Gabriela Herman, dished on his enduring love of color, cooking, hosting, and creating a retreat from the chaos of the world outside his front door. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Year in Curbed: The best of House Calls," 26 Dec. 2018 Damage-control expert, fortunately, is one of the many hats Lisa keeps in steady rotation, along with den mother, cheerleader, shrink, landlady, fund-raiser and, as the circumstances sometimes dictate, pimp. Justin Chang, The Seattle Times, "‘Support the Girls’: Regina Hall calls the shots in terrific sports-bar comedy," 27 Aug. 2018 However, she was later sent to a mental institution after a charge of reportedly attacking a landlady and eventually committed to evangelicalism. Fox News, "8 stars who vanished from the public eye," 27 July 2018 The landlady also had wire screens installed behind the spiderweb gates. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Cairo: A Type of Love Story," 30 Apr. 2018 Causing difficulties on Frank’s side are Leslie (Collette), his patient landlady who may have an ulterior interest in her tenant, and Frank’s aging mother, Marianne (Blythe Danner). Kenneth Turan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ makes some sweet music," 29 June 2018 David’s landlady has woken up to the fact that the carriage house would fetch a tidy sum if sold. Sarah Dunn, New York Times, "Two Novels on the Complexities of Revisiting Past Loves," 1 June 2018 June 4 Tales of the City (Acorn): Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis are set to reprise their roles in Netflix's 2019 revival of this series based on the Armistead Maupin novel about a newcomer to San Francisco and her landlady, set in the mid-1970s. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Streaming in June: New seasons of 'Luke Cage,' 'Goliath' and 'GLOW'," 31 May 2018 Our landlady explained that her husband had expected only five adult tenants, not seven – and not any teenagers. Oanh Ngo Usadi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Learning English with a drawl," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of landlady

circa 1536, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of landlady was circa 1536

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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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