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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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 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

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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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