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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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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