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lady

LA'DY, n.

1. A woman of distinction. Originally, the title of lady was given to the daughters of earls and others in high rank, but by custom, the title belongs to any woman of genteel education.

2. A word of complaisance; used of women.

3. Mistress; the female who presides or has authority over a manor or a family.



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LA'DY, n.

1. A woman of distinction. Originally, the title of lady was given to the daughters of earls and others in high rank, but by custom, the title belongs to any woman of genteel education.

2. A word of complaisance; used of women.

3. Mistress; the female who presides or has authority over a manor or a family.

LA'DY, n. [Sax. hlafdig, hlæfdiga, hlæfdia. The first syllable of this word occurs in hlaford, lord, and this is supposed to be hlaf, a loaf, and the words to signify bread-givers. But this is doubtful; the meaning of the last syllable not being ascertained in either word.]

  1. A woman of distinction. Originally, the title of lady was given to the daughters of earls and others in high rank, but by custom, the title belongs to any woman of genteel education.
  2. A word of complaisance; used of women. Guardian.
  3. Mistress; the female who presides or has authority over a manor or family.

La"dy
  1. 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. Wyclif (Gen. xvi. 8.).

  2. Belonging or becoming to a lady; ladylike.

    "Some lady trifles." Shak.

  3. A woman having proprietary rights or authority; mistress; -- a feminine correlative of lord.

    "Lord or lady of high degree." Lowell.

    Of all these bounds, even from this line to this, . . .
    We make thee lady.
    Shak.

  4. 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.
    Waller.

  5. 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.
  6. A woman of refined or gentle manners; a well-bred woman; -- the feminine correlative of gentleman.
  7. A wife; -- not now in approved usage.

    Goldsmith.
  8. 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.

    Ladies' man, a man who affects the society of ladies. -- Lady altar, an altar in a lady chapel. Shipley. -- Lady chapel, a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary. -- Lady court, the court of a lady of the manor. -- Lady crab (Zoöl.), a handsomely spotted swimming crab (Platyonichus ocellatus) very common on the sandy shores of the Atlantic coast of the United States. -- Lady fern. (Bot.) See Female fern, under Female, and Illust. of Fern. -- Lady in waiting, a lady of the queen's household, appointed to wait upon or attend the queen. -- Lady Mass, a Mass said in honor of the Virgin Mary. Shipley. Lady of the manor, a lady having jurisdiction of a manor; also, the wife of a manor lord. Lady's maid, a maidservant who dresses and waits upon a lady. Thackeray. -- Our Lady, the Virgin Mary.

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Lady

LA'DY, noun

1. A woman of distinction. Originally, the title of lady was given to the daughters of earls and others in high rank, but by custom, the title belongs to any woman of genteel education.

2. A word of complaisance; used of women.

3. Mistress; the female who presides or has authority over a manor or a family.

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