White-lady

Definitions

  • To see a fine Lady get on a white Horse
    To see a fine Lady get on a white Horse
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • White-lady a spectral figure which appears in many of the castles of Germany, as at Ansbach, Baireuth, Altenburg, &c., by night as well as by day, particularly when the death of any member of the family is imminent
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwít; Ice. hvitr, Ger. weiss.

Usage

In literature:

After breakfast, ladies and gentlemen, alike in white aprons, crowded into the dining room and kitchen, each to perform the allotted task.
"Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897" by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Den sometimes dey had big weddin's an' de young white ladies dressed de brides up lak dey was white.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
A chaise passed us, containing two young ladies with complexions white and fair, and eyes and hair black, in striking contrast.
"Death Valley in '49" by William Lewis Manly
I once asked an old black mammy in Georgia why the negroes had so little respect for the white ladies of the North.
"As Seen By Me" by Lilian Bell
In the white drawing-room, afterwards, Lady Highford was particularly gushing to the new bride.
"The Reason Why" by Elinor Glyn
She wakened, and found the lady of the white shawl bending over her.
"The Book of Dreams and Ghosts" by Andrew Lang
Into the same cabin as a white lady!
"By Rock and Pool on an Austral Shore, and Other Stories" by Louis Becke
The lady is brought forward as a typical helpless white maiden.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
The older lady, with the white hair, is, I believe, her aunt.
"The Great Prince Shan" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
I never shall understand ladies' dresses, but this was made so that the beautiful, white neck and arms were bare.
"Coralie" by Charlotte M. Braeme
Born on a plantation in Ballard County, Kentucky, in 1852, she is today a little, white-haired old lady.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
A lady laid a letter and two white carnations on your writing-table.
"In The Palace Of The King" by F. Marion Crawford
I will do it for the lady with white hair, whose face resembles Chunder.
"Mr. Isaacs" by F. Marion Crawford
An elderly lady with a small white dog was walking along one of the graveled paths.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 5" by Various
A black lady fell in love with a white general.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXLII. Vol. LV. April, 1844" by Various
Lord, miss, them white ladies wouldn't buy from nobody but pappy.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
Seated on chairs were nine young ladies and girls, nearly all in pretty white dresses.
"The American Missionary, October, 1890, Vol. XLIV., No. 10" by Various
A lady was standing before her, smiling down upon her, a lady in a frock of lilac-coloured muslin, with a white sunshade.
"My Friend Prospero" by Henry Harland
An elderly lady with a small white dog was walking along one of the graveled paths.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 28. July, 1873." by Various
That wasted lady, writhing white on a bed, moved me to pure pity.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
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In poetry:

There was a Young Lady in White,
Who looked out at the depths of the Night;
But the birds of the air
Filled her heart with despair,
And oppressed that Young Lady in White.
"Limerick: There was a Young Lady in White" by Edward Lear
So in my breast sleeps Love, O white lady,
What does he care though the rest are playing,
With rattles and drums in the woodlands shady,
Happy children, whom Joy takes maying!
"From The Italian" by Edith Nesbit
Mourn not thy much-loved Hoel lost,-- Lady, he is dead, is dead,--
Far distant wanders his pale ghost,--
His bones by the white surge are tossed,
And the wave rolls o'er his head.
"The Harp Of Hoel" by William Lisle Bowles
Soon—stretching aloft its long white arms—
From the grave the ghost was peeping!
Cried the Gosherd, "Our Lady defend me from harms,
"And Saint Guthlacke have me in his keeping!"
"The Gosherd Of Croyland" by Thomas Cooper
Lady Gertrude.
How kind of you! Do call me sweet names now;
And put your white cool hands upon my head;
And let me lie and look in your great eyes:
'Twill do me good; your very eyes are healing.
"Within and Without: Part IV: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
And the young Year rose from his snow-white bier,
And the flowers from their green retreat;
And they came and knelt at the lady's feet,
Saying all, with their mingled voices sweet:
"O lady! behold us here."
"The Awaking" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with their daughters Malia, right, and Sasha upon their return to the White House from Martha's Vineyard in 2010.
No amount of historical background could prepare the crowd for Millisia White's Baby Doll Ladies with DJ Hektik at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on Saturday.
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (20-5) turned Friday the 13th into a horror story for White House-Heritage, as CHS went on the road and thrashed the Lady Patriots 59-35 in their regular season finale.
The White House has been home to US presidents and first ladies since 1800, so maybe presidential ghost lore is only (super) natural.
Well, the first lady has always known that she had white ancestors , but she didn't know who or when or where.
Joyia Emard/Loomis NewsSheila Lee, co-owner of Camelot Costumes and organizer of the Fourth Annual Red, White and Blue Spooktacular Dance, wears a lady liberty costume from her store in preparation for last year's dance.
White, Davis co-star in dinner theater 'My Fair Lady' (PlayBill blog by William Kerns).
Jack White took a few shots at Lady Gaga in a recent interview with the UK edition of Esquire magazine -- and then came out swinging at England's NME and other websites for twisting some of his comments out of context .
With this weekend's visit to Sin City by The First Lady, the White House is discovering the folks in Vegas, and Nevada, have long memories.
Jack White explains Lady Gaga insult.
White County VFW Post 3851 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a membership kick-off and Christmas party at 7 pm Monday, Dec 10.
Jack White explains those Lady Gaga comments.
Olivia Marlow, 6, looks at a tree honoring presidential first ladies that is on display at the White House during a preview Wednesday.
White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier, left, consults with First Lady Nancy Reagan about an event.
First Lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the holiday season by welcoming the official White House Christmas tree.
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