Definition of lady-in-waiting in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈlādē in ˈwādiNG/

noun (plural ladies-in-waiting)

A woman who attends a queen or princess.
Example sentences
  • Jane Seymour was a lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn in 1534 when she began to attract Henry's attention.
  • Being a minor poet is like being minor royalty, and no one, as a former lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret once explained to me, is happy as that.
  • He had left his wife, and the mother of his two children, Penelope Chetwode, for Elizabeth Cavendish, a lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret and daughter of the Duke of Devonshire.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: la·dy-in-wait·ing

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.