lady: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (lā'dē), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -dies,
- a woman who is refined, polite, and well-spoken: She may be poor and have little education, but she's a real lady.
- a woman of high social position or economic class: She was born a lady and found it hard to adjust to her reduced circumstances.
- any woman; female (sometimes used in combination): the lady who answered the phone; a saleslady.
- (Used in direct address: often offensive in the singular): Ladies and gentlemen, welcome. Lady, out of my way, please.
- wife: The ambassador and his lady arrived late.
- a female lover or steady companion.
- (cap.) (in Great Britain) the proper title of any woman whose husband is higher in rank than baronet or knight, or who is the daughter of a nobleman not lower than an earl (although the title is given by courtesy also to the wives of baronets and knights).
- a woman who has proprietary rights or authority, as over a manor; female feudal superior. Cf. lord (def. 4).
- (cap.) the Virgin Mary.
- a woman who is the object of chivalrous devotion.
- (usually cap.) Lady Fortune; Lady Virtue.
- an attribute or abstraction personified as a woman; a designation of an allegorical figure as feminine:Lady Fortune; Lady Virtue.
- a title prefixed to the name of a goddess:Lady Venus.
- being a lady; female: a lady reporter.
- of a lady; ladylike; feminine.
- lady (Thesaurus)