The word lady is a polite term for a woman, specifically the female equivalent to, or spouse of, a lord or gentleman, and in many contexts a term for any adult woman. Once relating specifically to women of high social class or status, over the last 300 years it has spread to embrace all adult women, though in some contexts may still be used to evoke a concept of "ladylike" standards of behaviour.
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More definitions of "lady":
- (noun): A polite name for any woman.
Example: "A nice lady at the library helped me"
Famous quotes containing the word lady:
“When Lady Mary Tufton married Dr. Duncan, an elderly physician, Mr. George Selwyn said, How often will she say with Macbeth Wake, Duncan, with thy knockingwould thou couldst!”
—Horace Walpole (17171797)
“When a lady of wealth, is seen roaming about in search of cheaper articles, or trying to beat down a shopkeeper, or making a close bargain with those she employs, the impropriety is glaring to all minds. A person of wealth has no occasion to spend time in looking for extra cheap articles; her time could be more profitably employed in distributing to the wants of others. And the practice of beating down tradespeople, is vulgar and degrading, in any one.”
—Catherine E. Beecher (18001878)
“What did she say?Just what she ought, of course. A lady always does.She said enough to show there need not be despairand to invite him to say more himself.”
—Jane Austen (17751817)