old lady

noun
|Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of old lady

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

Examples of old lady in a Sentence

  1. He cheated on his old lady.

  2. 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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Financial Definition of OLD LADY

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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.


OLD LADY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of old lady for English Language Learners

  • : someone's wife or girlfriend

  • : someone's mother



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