lady

lady

synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of lady in English

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English

Etymology

From Middle English lady, laddy, lafdi, lavedi, from Old English hlǣfdīġe (mistress of a household, wife of a lord, lady, literally bread-kneader), from hlāf (bread, loaf) + dīġe (kneader), related to Old English dǣġe (maker of dough). Compare also lord. More at loaf, dairy, dough. Unrelated to lad.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈleɪdi/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈleɪ.ɾi/
  • Rhymes: -eɪdi
  • Hyphenation: la‧dy

Noun

lady (plural ladies)

  1. (historical) The mistress of a household.
  2. A woman of breeding or higher class, a woman of authority.
  3. The feminine of lord.
  4. A title for someone married to a lord or gentleman.
  5. A title that can be used instead of the formal terms of marchioness, countess, viscountess, or baroness.
  6. (polite or used by children) A woman: an adult female human.
  7. (in the plural) A polite reference or form of address to women.
  8. (slang) Used to address a female.
  9. (ladies' or ladies) Toilets intended for use by women.
  10. (informal) A wife or girlfriend; a sweetheart.
  11. A woman to whom the particular homage of a knight was paid; a woman to whom one is devoted or bound.
  12. (slang) A queen (the playing card).
  13. (attributive, with a professional title) Who is a woman.
  14. (Wicca) Alternative form of Lady.
  15. The triturating apparatus in the stomach of a lobster, consisting of calcareous plates; so called from a fancied resemblance to a seated female figure.
  16. (Britain, slang) A five-pound note. (Rhyming slang, Lady Godiva for fiver.)
  17. (slang, chiefly in the plural) A woman’s breast.

Derived terms

  • Pages starting with “lady”.

Related terms

  • fakaleitī
  • Lady

Descendants

Translations

References

  • Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. →ISBN

Verb

lady (third-person singular simple present ladies, present participle ladying, simple past and past participle ladied)

  1. To address as “lady”.

See also

  • lord
  • gentleman
  • ladies' room
  • broad

Anagrams

  • DALY, Daly, Dyal, Lyda, layd, yald

French

Etymology

From English lady.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /lɛ.di/, /le.di/

Noun

lady f (plural ladies or ladys)

  1. lady (wife of a lord; important woman)

Synonyms

  • dame, madame

Further reading

  • “lady” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Italian

Etymology

Borrowed from English lady.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈlɛ.di/, /ˈle.di/
  • Rhymes: -ɛdi, -edi

Noun

lady f (invariable)

  1. lady (wife of a lord; important woman)

Synonyms

  • dama, donna (archaic), signora

References


Middle English

Alternative forms

  • laddy, ladi, ladie, ladij, ladye, lavedi, lefdi, lefdy, levedi, levedy, lhevedi
  • (early ME) lafdi, laffdiȝ, læfdi, lævedi, leafdi

Etymology

From Old English hlǣfdīġe, in turn from hlāf (bread, loaf) + *dīġe (maid).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈlaːdiː(ə)/, /ˈladiː(ə)/
  • (mainly Early ME) IPA(key): /ˈlavdiː(ə)/

Noun

lady (plural ladies, genitive ladies or lady)

  1. A woman with authority or leadership:
    1. A lady (mistress of a household)
    2. A lady (noblewoman or female monarch).
    3. A woman who manages an abbey or inn.
  2. The wife of a noble or monarch.
  3. A polite way to address a noble or honoured woman.
  4. (by extension) Any woman.
  5. A female deity (or the Virgin Mary).

Descendants

  • English: lady (see there for further descendants)
  • Scots: lady, leddy
  • Yola: laady

References

  • “lādī(e, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.

Polish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈla.dɨ/

Noun

lady f

  1. inflection of lada:
    1. genitive singular
    2. nominative/accusative/vocative plural

Spanish

Etymology

Unadapted borrowing from English lady.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈleidi/, [ˈlei̯.ð̞i]

Noun

lady f (plural ladies)

  1. lady (wife of a lord; important woman)

Usage notes

According to Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) prescriptions, unadapted foreign words should be written in italics in a text printed in roman type, and vice versa, and in quotation marks in a manuscript text or when italics are not available. In practice, this RAE prescription is not always followed.

Further reading

  • “lady” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.

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