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


helpmate, helpmeet, lady, little woman, madam, missus (or missis), Mrs., wife, wifey, woman [chiefly dialect]

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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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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 Their first stop is House Mormont—as in Daenerys' Jorah Mormont and former Lord Commander of the Night's Watch Jeor Mormont—which is led by 10-year-old Lady Lyanna (named after Ned Stark's sister, of course). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "12 Things We Learned From the Latest Episode of 'Game of Thrones'," 6 June 2016 Or Republicans who’d push old ladies in wheelchairs over a cliff. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Some story pitches for the Obamas and Netflix," 8 June 2018 Here are just a few interesting things to look for: An elaborate turquoise birdcage, a throwback to the humor of the proverbial old lady who slowed down people boarding a train with a hatbox in one hand and her precious pet in the other. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Don't miss your flight looking at this cool vintage luggage at the Indianapolis Airport," 22 May 2018 An old lady’s ghostly form seems to lurk in darkened corners, disappearing when the light comes on. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Hereditary': Toni Collette is the main attraction of this old school horror movie layered thick with original ideas," 6 June 2018

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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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to enclose within walls

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