What does lady mean?

Definitions for lady
ˈleɪ dila·dy

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word lady.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ladynoun

    a polite name for any woman

    "a nice lady at the library helped me"

  2. dame, madam, ma'am, lady, gentlewomannoun

    a woman of refinement

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

  3. Lady, noblewoman, peeressnoun

    a woman of the peerage in Britain


  1. Ladynoun

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


  1. ladynoun

    The mistress of a household.

  2. ladynoun

    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. ladynoun

    The feminine of lord.

  4. ladynoun

    A title for someone married to a lord.

  5. ladynoun

    A title for somebody married to a gentleman.

  6. ladynoun

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

  7. ladynoun

    A polite term referring to a woman.

    Please direct this lady to the soft furnishings department.

  8. ladynoun

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

  9. ladynoun

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

  10. ladynoun

    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. ladynoun

    a queen (the playing card)

  12. ladynoun

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

    A lady doctor.

  13. Ladynoun

    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. Ladynoun

    Lady Amherst's pheasant.

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

  15. Ladynoun

    A high priestess

  16. Ladynoun

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

    My Lady, will you not take pity on me?

  17. Ladynoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LADYnoun

    Etymology: hlæfdig ,Saxon.

    I am much afraid, my lady, his mother, play’d false with a smith. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Verona.

    I would thy husband were dead; I would make thee my lady.
    ———— I your lady, Sir John? alas, I should be a pitiful lady. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    I am sorry my relation to so deserving a lady, should be any occasion of her danger and affliction. Charles I .

    O foolish fairy’s son, what fury mad
    Hath thee incens’d to haste thy doleful fate?
    Were it not better I that lady had,
    Than that thou hadst repented it too late? Fairy Qu.

    I love and hate her; for she’s fair and royal,
    And that she hath all courtly parts more exquisite
    Than lady ladies; winning from each one
    The best she hath, and she of all compounded
    Out-sells them all. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Before ’s time this great lady was scarce heard of. Ral.

    May every lady an Evadne prove,
    That shall divert me from Aspasia’s love. Edmund Waller.

    Shou’d I shun the dangers of the war,
    With scorn the Trojans wou’d reward my pains,
    And their proud ladies with their sweeping trains. Dryden.

    We find on medals the representations of ladies, that have given occasion to whole volumes on the account only of a face. Joseph Addison, on ancient Medals.

    Of all these bounds, even from this line to this,
    With shadowy forests, and with champaigns rich’d,
    With plenteous rivers, and wide-skirted meads,
    We make thee lady. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Say, good Cæsar,
    That I some lady trifles have reserv’d,
    Immoment toys, things of such dignity
    As we greet modern friends withal. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cl.

    I hope I may speak of women without offence to the ladies. Guardian.


  1. Lady

    Lady is a song co-written, co-produced and performed by American neo soul singer D'Angelo, issued as the third single from his debut studio album Brown Sugar. A remixed version of the song (titled the Clean Street Version) was also released, featuring vocals from American hip hop musician AZ. Separate music videos were created for both versions of the song."Lady" is D'Angelo's biggest hit single to date in the United States, peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1996. It was certified gold by the RIAA on June 4, 1996. The song was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1997, but lost to "Your Secret Love" by Luther Vandross. Canadian rapper Drake heavily sampled the song for the closing track "March 14" off of his 2018 album Scorpion.


  1. lady

    A lady is a term typically used to refer to a woman of good social standing, manners, and refinement. It is often associated with qualities such as grace, elegance, respectability, and politeness. The term can be subjective and culturally-dependent, but it generally conveys a sense of sophistication and dignity in a woman's behavior and character.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ladynoun

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

  2. Ladynoun

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

  3. Ladynoun

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

  4. Ladynoun

    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. Ladynoun

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

  6. Ladynoun

    a wife; -- not now in approved usage

  7. Ladynoun

    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. Ladyadjective

    belonging or becoming to a lady; ladylike

  9. Lady

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

  10. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. lady

    A polite word for a female adult

    The lady in the street says we are all beautiful and united in every way.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 15, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LADY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lady is ranked #23675 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lady surname appeared 1,070 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Lady.

    90.6% or 970 total occurrences were White.
    3.7% or 40 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 24 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 18 total occurrences were Black.

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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

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  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

Examples of lady in a Sentence

  1. Jay Williams:

    I severed my pubic symphysis about 13 inches, very similar to when a lady has a child.

  2. Gayle King:

    What these guys have done is amazing, you have Lady Antebellum in three different locations with their kids sort of climbing all around them. That was fun.

  3. Donald Trump:

    The first lady thinks that it's horrible what they've said about Israel and horrible what they've said about our country, these congresswomen. They can't call our country and our people' garbage.' They can't be anti-Semitic. They can't talk about Evil Jews, which is what they say. ' Evil Jews,'.

  4. Reagan Hedlund:

    I am very grateful to the first lady for the opportunity to help launch her policy initiative, it was a rare opportunity to contribute at such a high level. It was a difficult decision to leave, however, I have decided to return to my roots in the foreign policy world.

  5. Winton Hill:

    He’s an older white male who’s been very successful in life and whose personality is charismatic, and (Simmons is) a young lady who still has a lot to learn, but has a whole life in front of her and who is much more representative of the future, and so, my gut feeling is to invest in the future.

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