What does lady mean?

Definitions for ladyˈleɪ di

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word lady.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lady(noun)

    a polite name for any woman

    "a nice lady at the library helped me"

  2. dame, madam, ma'am, lady, gentlewoman(noun)

    a woman of refinement

    "a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady"

  3. Lady, noblewoman, peeress(noun)

    a woman of the peerage in Britain


  1. Lady(n.)

    Hence: Any woman; as, a lounge for ladies; a cleaning lady; also used in combination; as, saleslady.

  2. Origin: [OE. ladi, lfdi, AS. hlfdige, hlfdie; AS. hlf loaf + a root of uncertain origin, possibly akin to E. dairy. See Loaf, and cf. Lord.]


  1. lady(Noun)

    The mistress of a household.

  2. lady(Noun)

    A woman of breeding or higher class, a woman of authority.

    "I would like the dining room to be fully set by tonight; would you do so?" "Yes, my lady".

  3. lady(Noun)

    The feminine of lord.

  4. lady(Noun)

    A title for someone married to a lord.

  5. lady(Noun)

    A title for somebody married to a gentleman.

  6. lady(Noun)

    A title that can be used instead of the formal terms of marchioness, countess, viscountess or baroness.

  7. lady(Noun)

    A polite term referring to a woman.

    Please direct this lady to the soft furnishings department.

  8. lady(Noun)

    (ladies; in plural only) A polite form of address to women

  9. lady(Noun)

    (ladies' or ladies) Toilets intended for use by women.

  10. lady(Noun)

    An affectionate term for one's wife or girlfriend.

    But soft, what light through yonder window breaks...? It is my lady, O it is my love! -Romeo and Juliet

  11. lady(Noun)

    a queen (the playing card)

  12. lady(Noun)

    (attributive) (with a professional title) Who is a woman.

    A lady doctor.

  13. Lady(Noun)

    An aristocratic title for a woman; the wife of a lord and/or a woman who holds the position in her own right; a title for a peeress, the wife of a peer or knight, and the daughters and daughters-in-law of certain peers.

  14. Lady(Noun)

    Lady Amherst's pheasant.

    "I would like the dining room to be fully set by tonight; would you do so?" "Yes, my lady".

  15. Lady(Noun)

    A high priestess

  16. Lady(ProperNoun)

    The title for the (primary) female deity in female-centered religions

    My Lady, will you not take pity on me?

  17. Lady(ProperNoun)

    The major supernatural figurehead in the Wiccan religion, a triune goddess split into the Mother, Maiden, and Crone.

  18. Origin: From lady, laddy, lafdi, lavedi, from hlæfdige, from hlaf + dige, related to dæge. Compare also lord. More at loaf, dairy, dough.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lady(noun)

    a woman who looks after the domestic affairs of a family; a mistress; the female head of a household

  2. Lady(noun)

    a woman having proprietary rights or authority; mistress; -- a feminine correlative of lord

  3. Lady(noun)

    a woman to whom the particular homage of a knight was paid; a woman to whom one is devoted or bound; a sweetheart

  4. Lady(noun)

    a woman of social distinction or position. In England, a title prefixed to the name of any woman whose husband is not of lower rank than a baron, or whose father was a nobleman not lower than an earl. The wife of a baronet or knight has the title of Lady by courtesy, but not by right

  5. Lady(noun)

    a woman of refined or gentle manners; a well-bred woman; -- the feminine correlative of gentleman

  6. Lady(noun)

    a wife; -- not now in approved usage

  7. Lady(noun)

    the triturating apparatus in the stomach of a lobster; -- so called from a fancied resemblance to a seated female figure. It consists of calcareous plates

  8. Lady(adj)

    belonging or becoming to a lady; ladylike

  9. Lady

    the day of the annunciation of the Virgin Mary, March 25. See Annunciation

  10. Origin: [OE. ladi, lfdi, AS. hlfdige, hlfdie; AS. hlf loaf + a root of uncertain origin, possibly akin to E. dairy. See Loaf, and cf. Lord.]


  1. Lady

    The word lady is a civil term of respect for a woman, specifically the female equivalent to gentleman or lord, and in many contexts a term for any adult woman. Once confined to usage when specifically addressing women of high social class or status; over the last 300 years, the term has spread to embrace every adult woman.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lady

    lā′di, n. the mistress of a house: a wife: a title of the wives of knights, and all degrees above them, and of the daughters of earls and all higher ranks: a title of complaisance to any woman of refined manners:—pl. Ladies (lā′diz).ns. Lā′dybird, a genus of little beetles, usually brilliant red or yellow—also Lā′dybug, Lā′dycow; Lā′dy-chap′el, a chapel dedicated to 'Our Lady,' the Virgin Mary, usually behind the high altar, at the extremity of the apse; Lā′dyday, the 25th March, the day of the Annunciation of the Virgin; Lā′dyfern, one of the prettiest varieties of British ferns, common in moist woods, with bipinnate fronds sometimes two feet long; Lā′dy-fly (same as Ladybird); Lā′dyhood, condition, character of a lady.—adj. Lā′dyish, having the airs of a fine lady.—ns. Lā′dyism, affectation of the airs of a fine lady; Lā′dy-kill′er, a man who fancies his fascinations irresistible to women: a general lover.—adj. Lā′dy-like, like a lady in manners: refined: soft, delicate.—ns. Lādy-love, a lady or woman loved: a sweetheart; Lādy's-bed′straw, the plant Galium verum; Lā′dy's-bow′er, the only British species of clematis—also Traveller's joy; Lā′dy's-fing′er, a name for many plants: a piece of confectionery; Lā′dyship, the title of a lady; Lā′dy's-maid, a female attendant on a lady, esp. in matters relating to the toilet; Lādy's-man′tle, a genus of herbaceous plants having small, yellowish-green flowers; Lā′dy's-slipp′er, a genus of orchidaceous plants, remarkable for the large inflated lip of the corolla; Lā′dy's-smock, the Bitter Cress, a meadow-plant, with whitish, blush-coloured flowers.—Ladies' companion, a small bag used for carrying women's work; Ladies' man, one fond of women's society.—My ladyship, Your ladyship, a form of expression used in speaking to, or of, one who has the rank of a lady. [A.S. hláf-digehláf, a loaf, dǽgee, a kneader, or=hláfweardige (i.e. loaf-keeper, see ward), and thus a contr. fem. of Lord.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lady' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1109

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lady' in Written Corpus Frequency: #822

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lady' in Nouns Frequency: #329


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lady in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lady in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Marc Broude:

    Who the fuck is Lady Gaga?

  2. Margaret Thatcher:

    This lady is not for turning.

  3. Donald Trump:

    My wife is a really good lady.

  4. Gary Hunley:

    She was not a passive first lady.

  5. Whoopi Goldberg:

    I have a lot of questions for the lady.

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