old lady

noun

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

Synonyms

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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Today, what was once associated with staid older ladies is now desired by young Chinese millennial and generation Z shoppers. Andrea Felsted, The Seattle Times, "Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy is more than just Chanel suits," 19 Feb. 2019 In the kitchen was a very old lady with gray hair in a rocking chair. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Selling a Great House? First, Break Up a Wrestling Match," 2 Jan. 2019 My parents bought a small pink stucco house from a little old lady. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Getting Run Over Couldn’t Stop Jimmie Johnson’s Rise to Nascar Champion," 14 Nov. 2018 Unfortunately, Stacey and Dawn overheard Arthie’s idea to reinvent her character, and steal it to ditch their old lady personas and become the Toxic Twins. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Glow Season 2, Episodes 1-10," 29 June 2018 Over the years, owner Paul Harris has restored the old lady extensively, transforming the one-and-a-half acre garden into an indigenous showpiece—like a little slice of Kirstenbosch botanical gardens by the sea. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The woman who had followed us in bustled past, led the old lady over to a bed that was pushed up against the wall, sat her down, removed her head scarf and put on a fresh one, then slipped a pair of leather slippers onto her feet. Karl Ove Knausgaard, New York Times, "A Literary Road Trip Into the Heart of Russia," 14 Feb. 2018 Charlie had a closer relationship to her grandma than others in her family, and the strangeness surrounding the Grahams begins when the youngster starts having visions of the old lady. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Insanely scary 'Hereditary' isn't easy to shake off," 7 June 2018 Long and sweeping enough to brush the lenses of his sunglasses and attract compliments from old ladies, his lashes embarrassed him: Weren’t long eyelashes for girls? Ashley Fetters, The Cut, "What Is the Point of Long Eyelashes?," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of old lady

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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old lady

noun

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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old lady

noun

English Language Learners Definition of old lady

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

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