lady

Definitions

  • NofkÎt, Lady of MêdÛm
    NofkÎt, Lady of MêdÛm
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lady a woman of refinement "a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady"
    • n Lady a woman of the peerage in Britain
    • n lady a polite name for any woman "a nice lady at the library helped me"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'I will add this too, lady,' said the pedlar." "'I will add this too, lady,' said the pedlar."
Man selling fish to lady Man selling fish to lady
Lady in long dress Lady in long dress
Old Lady Old Lady
Josiah's "idee" of "them ladies." Josiah's "idee" of "them ladies."
Lady waving Lady waving
The queer old lady who went to college The queer old lady who went to college
THE FAT LADY ON HER DONKEY THE FAT LADY ON HER DONKEY

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lady Godiva's horse was named Aethenoth.
    • Lady A wife; -- not now in approved usage.
    • Lady A woman having proprietary rights or authority; mistress; -- a feminine correlative of lord. "Lord or lady of high degree.""Of all these bounds, even from this line to this, . . . We make thee lady ."
    • Lady A woman of refined or gentle manners; a well-bred woman; -- the feminine correlative of gentleman.
    • Lady A woman of social distinction or position. In England, a title prefixed to the name of any woman whose husband is not of lower rank than a baron, or whose father was a nobleman not lower than an earl. The wife of a baronet or knight has the title of Lady by courtesy, but not by right.
    • Lady A woman to whom the particular homage of a knight was paid; a woman to whom one is devoted or bound; a sweetheart. "The soldier here his wasted store supplies,
      And takes new valor from his lady's eyes."
    • Lady A woman who looks after the domestic affairs of a family; a mistress; the female head of a household. "Agar, the handmaiden of Sara, whence comest thou, and whither goest thou? The which answered, Fro the face of Sara my lady ."
    • Lady Any woman; as, a lounge for ladies; a cleaning lady ; also used in combination; as, saleslady .
    • a Lady Belonging or becoming to a lady; ladylike.
    • Lady (Zoöl) The triturating apparatus in the stomach of a lobster; -- so called from a fancied resemblance to a seated female figure. It consists of calcareous plates.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first-lady of the U.S. is considered a private citizen.
    • n lady A woman who has authority over a manor or family; the mistress of a household: the feminine correlative to lord.
    • n lady Specifically, in Great Britain, the proper title of any woman whose husband is higher in rank than baronet or knight, or who is the daughter of a nobleman not lower than an earl, though the title is given by courtesy also to the wives of baronets and knights; also, the feminine title correlative originally to Lord, and now also to Sir.
    • n lady In the days of chivalry, the woman chosen by a knight or squire as the object of his especial service, his feats of arms being done in her honor, and his success ascribed to her influence.
    • n lady A woman of good family and of established social position, or one accepted as such: a restricted sense correlative to gentleman in like use.
    • n lady A woman of good breeding, education, and refinement of mind and manner: a general sense correlative to gentleman in like use: in common speech used indiscriminately as a synonym for woman (a use generally vulgar, and to be avoided except in address). See gentleman, 4.
    • n lady A wife; a man's spouse: used in this sense always with direct reference to the husband: as, John Smith and lady.
    • n lady A sweetheart.
    • n lady A slate measuring about 16 inches long by 10 broad.
    • n lady The calcareous apparatus in the cardiac part of the stomach of the lobster, the function of which is the trituration of the food.
    • lady Of a lady; ladylike.
    • n lady In astrology, a term designating the planet Venus when in the circumstances under which, if a masculine planet, she would be termed lord: as, lady of the ascendant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The full Spanish name of the city of Los Angeles is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles de la Porciuncula." Translated, it means “The town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Little Portion.”
    • n Lady lā′di the mistress of a house: a wife: a title of the wives of knights, and all degrees above them, and of the daughters of earls and all higher ranks: a title of complaisance to any woman of refined manners
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “A lady of a certain age, which means certainly aged.”
  • Edward F. Halifax
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    “Most men's anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady they neither of them care for.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “An unattempted lady could not vaunt of her chastity.”
  • Daisy Ashford
    Daisy Ashford
    “I am partial to ladies if they are nice. I suppose it is my nature. I am not quite a gentleman but you would hardly notice it.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    Margaret%20Thatcher
    “This lady is not for turning.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    Margaret%20Thatcher
    “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.”

Idioms

Faint heart never won fair lady - This means that you will not get the partner of your dreams if you lack the confidence to let them know how you feel.
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It ain't over till the fat lady sings - This idiom means that until something has officially finished, the result is uncertain.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ladi, læfdi, AS. hlǣfdige, hlǣfdie,; AS. hlāf, loaf + a root of uncertain origin, possibly akin to E. dairy,. See Loaf, and cf. Lord
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hláf-digehláf, a loaf, dǽgee, a kneader, or=hláfweardige (i.e. loaf-keeper, see ward), and thus a contr. fem. of Lord.

Usage

In literature:

Lady Mason in her trouble passed the stout lady without taking any notice of her.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
It is all right now, my lady.
"The Billow and the Rock" by Harriet Martineau
Lady Foljambe she recognised at once; and beside her sat a younger lady whom she had not seen before.
"The White Lady of Hazelwood" by Emily Sarah Holt
Lady Constance Quayle is not going to marry me, and I am not going to marry Lady Constance Quayle.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The old lady's dignified manner did not daunt her as Lady Caroline's caressing tones often did.
"A True Friend" by Adeline Sergeant
As Lady Ball you will be equal in all respects to your own far-away cousin, Lady Mackenzie.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
O my Lady Froth, my Lady Froth, my Lady Froth!
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
Ah, my dear young lady, let me alone!
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
So I'm sure you couldn't add those two to your collection; for I feel certain wherever the White Lady goes the Black Lady goes too.
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
Oh, here is Lady Ruth Revoke, my dear Lady Ruth, I am charmed to see you.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

"But O ! that Ladie ! Huart cries,...
That Ladie, with the long black veil,
This morn I heard!...I hear it still,
The lamentable tale !
"The Dark Ladie" by Anne Bannerman
"O mak my bed, lady mother," he says,
"O mak it braid and deep!
And lay Lady Marg'ret close at my back,
And the sounder I will sleep."--
"The Douglas Tragedy" by Andrew Lang
Oh lady, see! the moon
Her silver chariot stops,
(A list'ning to my tune,)
On yonder green oak-tops!
My lady, lady, wake,
Wake, oh! wake!
"Serenade - I" by James Avis Bartley
O see! my lady, far
Beyond yon western steeps,
The moon, with one white star,
In paly parting, weeps:
My lady, lady, wake,
Wake, oh! wake!
"Serenade - I" by James Avis Bartley
Far o'er the landscape green,
The moonlight like a lake,
Lies; 'tis a lovely scene,
To bid my lady wake;
My lady, lady, wake,
Wake, oh! wake!
"Serenade - I" by James Avis Bartley
The Nightingale, a wo!
Within the grove complains!--
The stars are coming low
To hear her killing strains!
My lady, lady, wake,
Wake, oh! wake!
"Serenade - I" by James Avis Bartley

In news:

POCOLA — The Talihina Lady Golden Tigers were able to overcome a first-quarter deficit and hold off the Pocola Lady Indians for a 45-42 win Tuesday night at the Pocola Gym.
The Lady Chieftains (5-1) rolled past the Lady Eagles (3-3) 67-26 behind Taylor Henderson's game-high 17 points.
In the opening game for the 4-team Girls division the Lady Cavs defeated the Lady Tigers to advance to the championship game.
In an effort to increase youth readership, Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear today announced her Top 10 Summer Reading List as a part of the First Lady's Reading Recommendations Initiative.
After falling hard to end the Freeman Lady Eagles Classic in Joplin on Saturday, the Lady Wildcats bounced back with a much-needed victory against the Lady Cubs.
Ladies, please join us for an informational meeting of the Wednesday Evening Ladies League or WELL.
Lady Gaga filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court Wednesday against Excite Worldwide for their attempts to launch a "Lady Gaga By Design " line, The New York Post reported.
The no 17 LSU Shreveport Lady Pilots picked up their fifth straight win on Friday night at The Dock crushing the Centenary Ladies 86-54 in the Crosstown Classic at The Dock picking up their first win ever over the Ladies.
Nicholls softball notched wins against Centenary and Southern on Wednesday at the Colonel Softball Complex, defeating the Ladies 2-1 and the Lady Jaguars 6-2.
All merchandise categories posted positive comps for the month with linens, men's furnishings and ladies' career sportswear performing the best and ladies' casual sportswear, ladies' accessories and dresses performing lower than the chain.
The 7-0 Lady Tornadoes had a slightly easier time of it against the Lady Cougars , prevailing 53-45.
The Tiftarea Academy Lady Panthers fell to the Crisp Academy Lady Wildcats, 51-20, in a game played at Chula.
Prior to the Lady Hawks-Lancaster varsity softball game, the Lady Hawks welcomed and honored many of the local public servants in and.
Ladies Winter Coats, Ladies Reebok Shoes .
Lady Gaga Enters A Wet T-Shirt Contest For 'Purple Magazine' Shoot (PHOTOS) Lady Gaga, who recently revealed the lyrics to her upcoming single Born This.
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In science:

The first author would like to thank the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Lady Davis Fellowship Trust for awarding him with Sch¨onbrunn Visiting Professorship under which this research was carried out.
Generating ultrafilters in a reasonable way
Dedicated to the memory of Professor Al ladi Ramakrishnan Gargi Mitra–Delmotte ∗ and A.N.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
This work was written while A.B. was holding a Lady Davies visiting professorship at the Technion, Haifa, Israel.
Convergence of clock processes in random environments and ageing in the p-spin SK model
Dixit, A transformation formula involving the Gamma and Riemann zeta functions in Ramanujan’s Lost Notebook, The legacy of Al ladi Ramakrishnan in the mathematical sciences, K.
Analogues of the general theta transformation formula
In May 2011, Amazon’s data center is down for hours due to a surge downloads of Lady Gaga’s song “Born This Way”.
Simple and Effective Dynamic Provisioning for Power-Proportional Data Centers
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