Lady

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.

Read more about Lady:  Etymology and Usage

Famous quotes containing the word lady:

    I know a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    In Hydaspia, by Howzen,
    Lived a lady, Lady Lowzen,
    For whom what is was other things.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)