land·​la·​dy ˈland-ˌlā-dē How to pronounce landlady (audio)
: a woman who is a landlord

Examples of landlady in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then his landlady’s daughter had a baby at the new hospital in Gardner and Robert met a nurse who had just been hired there – Donna. USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2024 Adam’s spurred back into action by the death of Eloise Parker, a retired teacher played by Phylicia Rashad who is his landlady and only friend, and whose life savings are stolen in a phishing scam. Vulture, 12 Jan. 2024 The usually slick Statham embraces Carhartt-core workwear as Adam, who is a literal beekeeper, delivering jars of honey to his warm landlady. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024 Unlike the majority of his work, The Beekeeper doesn’t take itself too seriously, as Statham plays Adam Clay, a beekeeper who avenges the nefarious treatment of his benevolent landlady (Phylicia Rashad). Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Jan. 2024 One hand held her important documents; the other clasped the hand of her landlady. Mike Baker, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2023 One of the building’s other inhabitants was Kinski, then a struggling twenty-six-year-old actor, who was taken in rent-free by the kindly landlady, Clara. Mark O’Connell, The New York Review of Books, 24 Nov. 2022 The narrator’s description of his blackout is revelatory: The landlady’s screams had not reached me directly. Tope Folarin, The Atlantic, 16 Nov. 2023 Yes, the windowpane in my room was broken and the landlady never fixed it. Rachel Cusk, Harper's Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1536, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of landlady was circa 1536

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“Landlady.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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land·​la·​dy ˈlan-ˌ(d)lād-ē How to pronounce landlady (audio)
: a woman who owns land or houses that she rents
: a woman who runs an inn or rooming house
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