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lady US English

A woman (used as a polite or old-fashioned form of reference)

lady US Thesaurus

several ladies were present

lady New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

capital as title for peeresses etc.

Lady in lady US English

(In the UK) a title used by peeresses, female relatives of peers, the wives and widows of knights, etc.

one's lady in lady US English

A man’s wife

My Lady US English

A polite form of address to certain noblewomen

bag lady US English

A homeless woman who carries her possessions in shopping bags

Iron Lady US English

A nickname given to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, with reference to her allegedly ruthless and inflexible approach

Lady Luck US English

Chance personified as a controlling power in human affairs

Lady Muck US English

A haughty or pretentious woman (often as a mocking form of address)

Lady Day US English

March 25, the feast of the Annunciation

lady fern US English

A tall, graceful fern of worldwide distribution that favors moist shady habitats

old lady US English

A person’s mother, wife, or girlfriend

Our Lady US English

Used as a title for the Virgin Mary (see Mary)

tea lady US English

A woman employed to make and serve tea in a workplace

Lady Day New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

25 May, the feast of the Annunciation

dinner lady US English

A woman who serves meals to children in a school

First Lady US English

The wife of the president of the US or other head of state

Godiva, Lady US English

(Died 1080), English noblewoman; wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. According to legend, she agreed to her husband’s proposition that he would reduce unpopular taxes only if she rode naked on horseback through Coventry’s marketplace. According to later versions of the story, nobody watched except peeping Tom, who was struck blind in punishment

Lady altar US English

The altar in a Lady chapel

Lady chapel US English

A chapel in a church or cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary

lady parts US English

Used euphemistically to refer to a woman’s genitals or reproductive system

lunch lady US English

A woman who serves meals to children in a school

office lady US English

(In Japan) a woman working in an office

White Lady US English

A cocktail made with gin, orange liqueur, and lemon juice

young lady US English

A woman who is not far advanced in life; a girl

First Lady New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

wife of the president of the US

Lady Mayoress US English

The title of the wife of a Lord Mayor

Lady Superior US English

The head of a convent or nunnery in certain orders

leading lady US English

The actress playing the principal female part in a movie, play, or television show

lollipop lady US English

A woman who is employed to help children cross the road safely near a school by holding up a circular sign on a pole to stop the traffic

painted lady US English

A migratory butterfly with predominantly orange-brown wings and darker markings

Lady Bountiful US English

A woman who engages in ostentatious acts of charity, more to impress others than out of a sense of concern for those in need

lady's maid US English

A maid who attended to the personal needs of her mistress

lady's finger US English

another term for kidney vetch.

lady's mantle US English

A herbaceous European plant of the rose family, with lobed rounded leaves and inconspicuous greenish flowers, and formerly valued in herbal medicine

lady's-slipper US English

An orchid of north temperate regions, the flower of which has a lip that is a conspicuous slipper-shaped pouch

Grey, Lady Jane US English

(1537–54), niece of Henry VIII; queen of England July 9-19, 1553. In 1553, to ensure a Protestant succession, John Dudley, the Duke of Northumberland, forced Jane to marry his son and persuaded the dying Edward VI to name Jane as his successor. She was deposed by forces loyal to Edward’s (Catholic) sister Mary and was executed the following year

lady-in-waiting US English

A woman who attends a queen or princess

lady's bedstraw US English

A yellow-flowered Eurasian bedstraw which smells of hay when dried and was formerly used to make a mattress for sleeping on

lady's companion US English

A small case or bag containing needlework items

lady of leisure US English

A woman or man of independent means or whose time is free from obligations to others

Hamilton, Lady Emma US English

(Circa 1765–1815), English mistress of Lord Horatio Nelson; born Amy Lyon

lady of the house US English

A woman at the head of a household


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