old lady


Definition of old lady

1 : wife
2 : mother
3 : girlfriend especially : one with whom a man cohabits

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Synonyms for old lady


ma, mama (also mamma), mammy, mater [chiefly British], mom, mommy, mother

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Examples of old lady in a Sentence

He cheated on his old lady. My old lady says I have to be home by eight.

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Later, fleeing protesters got a thumbs-up from an old lady in the stairwell of her apartment building. The Economist, "Yet another tense and violent weekend puts Hong Kong on edge," 28 July 2019 Today, old ladies wearing kerchiefs and crocheted skirts navigate the road with canes and a slow step. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Voyage to the Center of the World," 9 July 2019 One older lady always wants to look at the obituaries and talk about her husband, who died a year ago. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Young-looking teacher tired of comments," 2 July 2019 One older lady always wants to look at the obituaries and talk about her husband, who died a year ago. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: I think these ‘doctors’ are misusing that title," 2 July 2019 Among the best is the scene of the little old ladies dancing with their walkers. Pomerado News, "REVIEW: Moonlight’s ‘The Producers’ is intentionally-offensive comedy," 19 June 2019 Even Rei Kawakubo, the designer who backs Junya Watanabe’s menswear, issued a statement on punk old ladies for Spring 2019. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "In the Year of the Runway Zaddy, Where Are the MILFs?," 4 Feb. 2019 And remember that seemingly sweet old lady on the bus that Captain Marvel smacked across the face? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Neither bird nor plane: Captain Marvel blasts into space in new trailer," 4 Dec. 2018 The giveaway table by my desk looks like the living room of an old lady who is slowly losing her mind. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Sorry Marie Kondo—I Love Mess!," 12 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of old lady

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of old lady

What It Is

In the banking world, Old Lady is a nickname for the Bank of England. The full nickname is "Old Lady of Threadneedle Street."

How It Works

The Bank of England is the United Kingdom's central bank, meaning that it is a bank for banks and works closely with the government's treasury.

Why It Matters

The Bank of England was founded in 1694. The nickname first appeared in a caption to a political cartoon by James Gillray, published in 1797. It depicts the prime minister trying to woo the bank, which took the form of a money-clad old lady.

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English Language Learners Definition of old lady

: someone's wife or girlfriend
: someone's mother

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