Language: Old English
Origin: hlæfdige, from hlaf 'bread' + -dige 'one who kneads'


la‧dy S2 W2 plural ladies [countable]
a) a woman of a particular type or age
b) a word meaning woman, used especially to describe women's sports or products made for women
c) old-fashioned a word meaning woman, used in order to be polite [↪ gentleman]:
The young lady at reception sent me up here.
Give your coat to the lady over there.
lady doctor/lawyer etc (=a polite word, which many women find offensive, for a woman doctor, lawyer, etc)
2 a woman who is polite and behaves very well [↪ gentleman]:
She knows how to behave like a lady.


used as the title of the wife or daughter of a British nobleman or the wife of a knight:
Lady Spencer

the ladies

a) British English a women's toilet [= ladies' room AmE; ↪ the gents']
b) a word meaning women, often used humorously:
His boyish good looks made him a favourite with the ladies.
ladies' man


spoken formal used to speak to a group of women:
Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please?
6 a woman, especially one with a strong character - used to show approval:
She can be a tough lady to negotiate with.

lady friend

a woman that a man is having a romantic relationship with - often used humorously [= girlfriend]:
I saw Chris with his new lady friend.

lady of leisure

a woman who does not work and has a lot of free time - used humorously:
So you're a lady of leisure now that the kids are at school?
9 American English spoken used when talking directly to a woman you do not know, when you are angry with her:
Hey lady, would you mind getting out of my way?

Our Lady

an expression used to mean Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ

the lady of the house

old-fashioned the most important woman in a house, usually the mother of a family
12 old-fashioned a woman born into a high social class in Britain:
I could see the Queen, surrounded by her lords and ladies.
13 old-fashioned a man's wife:
the captain and his lady

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