old lady


Definition of old lady

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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web In the original movies -- both the 1961 animated version and the 1996 live-action adaptation -- Cruella de Vil is a rich, spoiled old lady hell bent on stealing dalmatian puppies to create a new fur coat. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Disney reveals Emma Stone's new look as a punk rock Cruella de Vil," 24 Aug. 2019 The best part of my day is listening to my mother and my son chattering back and forth, a sort of baby–old lady call-and-response. Deborah E. Kennedy, Good Housekeeping, "My Mom Has Dementia, But Her Relationship With My Son Is Unforgettable," 3 May 2019 One of the big moments in the trailer is Captain Marvel absolutely decking an old lady on a bus. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Why Captain Marvel punches an old lady in the Captain Marvel trailer, explained.," 18 Sep. 2018 When Jones files charges, Smith denounces Jones for lacking compassion for the old lady. 2. baltimoresun.com, "Letters: After-school soccer club a success; Howard needs a plastic bag ban; and more from readers," 17 July 2019 Other monsters stalk the characters, including an old lady Bev visits who transforms into something truly gnarly. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Thought-provoking 'It: Chapter 2' grows up with its horror heroes," 3 Sep. 2019 There is a picture of our son on it and a picture of an old lady. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Family’s Lake Country French Provincial house gets a ‘modern vintage’ facelift," 29 Aug. 2019 Someone else invited an older lady to go ahead of her in line. cleveland.com, "Dear Annie: How do I tell my wife that her best friend hates me?," 4 Aug. 2019 More voluble still is the bunch of Russians, mostly old ladies, who shouldn’t even be in the van. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Haunted Street Children of “Tigers Are Not Afraid”," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of old lady

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Oct 2019

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“Old lady.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20lady. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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