Lady Bountiful

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lady Bountiful a character in Farquhar's Beaux' Stratagem, now used for the great lady of any district
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. bontet (bonté), goodness—L. bonitatembonus—good.

Usage

In literature:

I never was cut out for a Lady Bountiful.
"All's Well" by Emily Sarah Holt
She is Lady Bountiful, and rules through love and wisdom.
"Joyce's Investments" by Fannie E. Newberry
No; I am no Lady Bountiful.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
Your name should have been Lady Bountiful.
"The Lilac Lady" by Ruth Alberta Brown
The Baby, by Punch out of Lady Bountiful.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
What a Lady Bountiful you are to those people at the Cove.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
It seemed to her that she was a little Lady Bountiful, going about the world taking care of the poor.
"Little Grandmother" by Sophie May
She was the prettiest Lady Bountiful.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
She was in her own country living in luxury and comfort, a lady bountiful among her own people.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
The life of a Lady Bountiful turned out a dull routine of mothers' meetings and Sunday-schools.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

Waken, Queen of Elfan,
An hear your Nourrice moan.
O moan ye for your meat,
Or moan ye for your fee,
Or moan ye for the ither bounties
That ladies are wont to gie?
"The Elphin Nourrice" by Andrew Lang
I call'd on the Lady of Bountiful Hall,--
And there she was feasting the great and the small,
Encircled by flowers and children and all,
From Fashion unbending
And gently descending
To greet them at Home!
"Home" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
"O Lady Nora," says the goddess Flora,
"I've many a rich and bright parterre;
In Brady's towers there's seven more flowers,
But you're the fairest lady there:
Not all the county, nor Ireland's bounty,
Can projuice a treasure that's half so fair!"
"The Rose Of Flora" by William Makepeace Thackeray