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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
lady
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
bag lady
cleaning lady/woman (=a woman who cleans houses, offices etc as her job)
dinner lady
first lady
▪ the first lady of jazz, Billie Holiday
foxy lady
▪ a foxy lady
ladies and gentlemen
▪ Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
ladies' man
ladies' room
lady's man
lollipop lady
old lady
▪ Where’s your old lady?
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
dear
▪ You must be reasonable, my dear young lady.
▪ A dear, wonderful lady who sacrificed all for her children.
▪ So forget all about vampires, dear ladies.
▪ Whatever will the dear lady think of you?
elderly
▪ He had been able to charm more than a few elderly ladies in his time.
▪ There was another worried elderly lady on 20 December 1884.
▪ Like all elderly ladies, however, she needs polite attention.
▪ I found her in a large day-room where groups of elderly ladies sat in plastic-covered armchairs.
▪ But elderly ladies make me feel uncomfortable and our small talk petered out.
▪ It may be decorating a flat for a housebound person, to taking care of the cat of an elderly hospitalised lady.
▪ John Hutt fled down the small village main street, narrowly missing two elderly ladies.
▪ An elderly lady in doubtful health, she was terrified, particularly when the calls continued after her unlisted number was changed.
fat
▪ They were three small, fat ladies, and a great source of amusement to Jerry and me.
▪ The fat lady gave his shoulder a slap and he was off, moving tipsily in the direction of Hard.
▪ The seat on my left was occupied by a fat lady who was busy peeling an orange.
▪ But the fat lady left me in peace.
▪ He'd shifted a lot of linen, some bags of which weighed in like a circus fat lady.
▪ The fat lady was shut inside her room.
▪ It belonged to a fat old lady and her pretty daughter.
▪ So now, investors hope the fat lady sings an aria, not a tragic opera.
leading
▪ Susannah York was a young up-and-coming leading lady who had a major part in the film.
▪ This had some value, leading old ladies to get up and give me their seat on public transport.
▪ Does she have the muscle to become a leading lady in her own right?
▪ He invariably falls in love with his leading ladies.
▪ She was one of his favourite leading ladies.
▪ The director and his former leading lady took action after a court ruled the case could be televised.
▪ He never married Tarita, his leading lady in Mutiny on the Bounty, but she did give him two children.
▪ Barbara Knox, who plays Rita, is clearly considered the Street's leading mourning lady.
little
▪ I walk into my dining room at 9.26 this morning, just to say my goodbyes to the little lady.
▪ A sweetheart, this little lady, not bad legs either.
▪ Cranston, who was frightened of nothing on two legs, seemed terrified of his little lady wife.
▪ From now on, little old ladies will have to find their own way across the street.
▪ This gentle little lady would sit down and suffer at his side.
▪ They had the faces of little old ladies who habitually attack policemen.
▪ I shall be a bitter-looking little old lady with no muscle tone, she thought, and re-dialled Lucy.
▪ I shuddered when I heard the names: old hen, biddy, little old lady in tennis shoes.
lovely
▪ She hadn't known Mr Arkwright was thinking of getting married; and what a lovely young lady!
▪ Everyone was angry with me for what I had done to this lovely old lady.
▪ He looked at the lovely stately lady with kindness and she at him, and they began to talk.
▪ They sent her to London for elocution lessons and she grew into a lovely young lady.
▪ He thought the lovely young lady was the goddess of the island.
▪ I remember a lovely lady who attended my slimming club years ago.
nice
▪ She also wanted to know if he was dead or alive, just out of general interest. Nice lady.
▪ I cleaned up the house as best I could, and hired a couple of nice ladies to handle the heavy lifting.
▪ A very nice lady at the town hall explained that there's no appeal and consequently I have no vote.
▪ She is a nice enough lady whose husband is a lieutenant colonel, U. S. Army, retired.
▪ He was obviously not taking Miss Farquar seriously, a nice lady who seemed to really love him.
▪ She a real nice old lady.
▪ Therese said Miss Grimsilk was a very nice lady who is at present a trifle unhappy.
▪ Really, a nice lady: Tonellis helping Tonellis.
old
▪ She's one of the old ladies I go to see for my Community Care Course.
▪ When his son became an official in town, he left his old lady at home like some kind of grass widow.
▪ I've met old ladies who are just as turned on as young girls.
▪ A little old lady on the sidewalk looks up, her eyes filled with alarm.
▪ The old lady was in raptures over him, however.
▪ Take, for example, little old ladies prone to cute, feisty one-liners.
▪ It was a little grey-haired old lady, propped up on cushions and staring intently at something Meg couldn't see.
▪ Gordy aimed his trumpet across the river and blew. Old lady Gammon spit a jet of water out of her mouth.
young
▪ The shimmering water of the lake looked magical, and there were young men rowing their young ladies around it in boats.
▪ The villain has to die repentant before the young lady can marry the upright engineer.
▪ Time you knew better, young lady.
▪ It pulls at the heartstrings of every agent out there to see a young lady or anyone jeopardized by these conditions.
▪ There was only one young lady it could conceivably be; and yet was that possible?
▪ Frank seemed to have scored with the young lady too - some things never change.
▪ She went with a young lady ... to a small office where the documents were laid out for signing.
▪ The young lady doctor had said ten minutes, but they must have been here twenty.
■ NOUN
bag
▪ She practised being a bag lady.
▪ In fact, I've always wanted to play a realistic, no make-up, bag lady.
dinner
▪ All staff were interviewed, including the cleaner, dinner lady and students.
▪ He made the short journey to sample the fare of the proud dinner ladies from Wheatley Park School.
friend
▪ You had two tables, the second one to accommodate your lady friends.
▪ Bringing one of your lady friends?
▪ They had hired two massive and attractive, expensive houses, and were accompanied by two attractive and expensive lady friends.
▪ Henry had just come in with his new lady friend, Lila Sams.
▪ They tell their lady friends, and then all secrecy is lost.
▪ Michael Lamonte, according to his lady friend, was filming at Pinewood.
▪ Frank had given Terence's gramophone to a lady friend, and would he please not tell Mum?
▪ There was something about Tom's lady friend that seemed familiar and yet Joe couldn't quite place her.
■ VERB
lead
▪ Ellen Terry, Irving's leading lady, was a great-aunt.
▪ Oh, some one always asks who my favorite leading lady was or who was the best kisser.
▪ Questioner2 Is your decision to take a year off anything to do with the rumours about Jeff and his present leading lady?
▪ The females close in on him, led by some old lady dolphin who has obviously had much practice at settling sharks.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a ladies' man
▪ He is a ladies' man, causing Rosita to fall in love with him and even suggesting marriage with him.
▪ Old Henry Claar-my grandfather-in-law-was a ladies' man.
▪ There was no amorous intent about it, because Matt had assured her that Silas was not a ladies' man.
gentleman/lady of leisure
▪ As a gentleman of leisure it was a breeze.
it's not over until the fat lady sings
leading lady/man
▪ But being in a wheelchair doesn't stop them having fun - or falling for the leading man.
▪ Corbin Timbrook, a handsome leading man-type, has been tending Downtown's best bar for three years now.
▪ Davis became a genius by turning bit actors into leading men.
▪ Oh, some one always asks who my favorite leading lady was or who was the best kisser.
▪ Questioner2 Is your decision to take a year off anything to do with the rumours about Jeff and his present leading lady?
▪ The initial structure of the show had kind of a leading man figure: John Kelly.
▪ They came at full speed, the leading man aiming to Sharpe's left, the other pulling to his right.
▪ Tuesday night's opening had to be cancelled and on Wednesday night the leading lady was ill.
sb's old lady
the Honourable Gentleman/the Honourable Lady/my Honourable Friend/the Honourable Member
the first lady
woman/lady/girl of easy virtue
▪ Sadly, morals and behaviour ashore had deteriorated too with more drunks and ladies of easy virtue in evidence.
young lady/man
▪ Now, you listen to me, young man!
▪ He certainly got his money's worth, that young man.
▪ He was a very beautiful young man, a bit like a girl, perhaps - but still very good-looking.
▪ If Southend police could run in some young man who picked up the car on the Foulness road yesterday afternoon.
▪ Their captors are equally enthralled with the two young men.
▪ This is a young man's play, and it feels like one.
▪ This social and hormonal dilemma of young men was illuminated by a series of experiments with Rhesus monkeys in Atlanta.
▪ Was the future of the Rabari incarnate in this young man?
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to welcome you here tonight.
▪ Ella is the elderly lady who lives next door.
▪ It was a present from a lady I worked for.
▪ Sharon can be a tough lady to negotiate with.
▪ Sheila always tries to be a lady.
▪ the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union
▪ The young lady behind the counter asked if I needed any help.
▪ There's a lady here who wants to speak to you about her account.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Lady

Lady \La"dy\, a. Belonging or becoming to a lady; ladylike. [1913 Webster] ``Some lady trifles.''
--Shak.

Lady

Lady \La"dy\ (l[=a]"d[y^]), n.; pl. Ladies (l[=a]"d[i^]z). [OE. ladi, l[ae]fdi, AS. hl[=ae]fdige, hl[=ae]fdie; AS. hl[=a]f loaf + a root of uncertain origin, possibly akin to E. dairy. See Loaf, and cf. Lord.]

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

    Agar, the handmaiden of Sara, whence comest thou, and whither goest thou? The which answered, Fro the face of Sara my lady.
    --Wyclif (Gen. xvi. 8.).

  2. A woman having proprietary rights or authority; mistress; -- a feminine correlative of lord. ``Lord or lady of high degree.''
    --Lowell.

    Of all these bounds, even from this line to this, . . . We make thee lady.
    --Shak.

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

    The soldier here his wasted store supplies, And takes new valor from his lady's eyes.
    --Waller.

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

  6. A wife; -- not now in approved usage.
    --Goldsmith.

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

  8. (Zo["o]l.) 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.

    Ladies' man, a man who affects the society of ladies.

    Lady altar, an altar in a lady chapel.
    --Shipley.

    Lady chapel, a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

    Lady court, the court of a lady of the manor.

    Lady crab (Zo["o]l.), a handsomely spotted swimming crab ( Platyonichus ocellatus) very common on the sandy shores of the Atlantic coast of the United States.

    Lady fern. (Bot.) See Female fern, under Female, and Illust. of Fern.

    Lady in waiting, a lady of the queen's household, appointed to wait upon or attend the queen.

    Lady Mass, a Mass said in honor of the Virgin Mary.
    --Shipley.

    Lady of the manor, a lady having jurisdiction of a manor; also, the wife of a manor lord.

    Lady's maid, a maidservant who dresses and waits upon a lady.
    --Thackeray.

    Our Lady, the Virgin Mary.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
lady

c.1200, lafdi, lavede, from Old English hlæfdige "mistress of a household, wife of a lord," literally "one who kneads bread," from hlaf "bread" (see loaf) + -dige "maid," related to dæge "maker of dough" (see dey (n.1); also compare lord (n.)). The medial -f- disappeared 14c. Not found outside English except where borrowed from it.\n

\nSense of "woman of superior position in society" is c.1200; "woman whose manners and sensibilities befit her for high rank in society" is from 1861 (ladylike in this sense is from 1580s, and ladily from c.1400). Meaning "woman as an object of chivalrous love" is from early 14c. Used commonly as an address to any woman since 1890s. Applied in Old English to the Holy Virgin, hence many extended usages in plant names, place names, etc., from genitive singular hlæfdigan, which in Middle English merged with the nominative, so that lady- often represents (Our) Lady's, as in ladybug. Ladies' man first recorded 1784. Lady of pleasure recorded from 1640s.

Wiktionary
lady

n. (context historical English) The mistress of a household.

WordNet
lady
  1. n. a polite name for any woman; "a nice lady at the library helped me"

  2. a woman of refinement; "a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady" [syn: dame, madam, ma'am, gentlewoman]

  3. a woman of the peerage in Britain [syn: noblewoman, peeress] [ant: Lord, Lord]

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
Lądy

Lądy is a settlement in the administrative district of Gmina Tczew, within Tczew County, Pomeranian Voivodeship, in northern Poland. It lies approximately north-east of Tczew and south-east of the regional capital Gdańsk.

For details of the history of the region, see History of Pomerania.

Lady (Styx song)

"Lady" is a 1973 rock ballad written and performed by the rock band Styx. It was first released on Styx II and was a local hit in the band's native Chicago, but initially failed to chart nationally. The song gained success shortly after Styx left Wooden Nickel Records to move to A&M Records in 1974 as it began picking up airplay nationwide, eventually peaking at #6 on the Billboard Top 40 in March 1975. The track was later re-recorded for the 1995 Styx compilation Greatest Hits due to a contractual dispute between A&M and Wooden Nickel.

Lady (Hear Me Tonight)

"Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" is the debut single by French house duo Modjo, written and performed by vocalist Yann Destagnol and producer Romain Tranchart, and released in May 2000. The song is written in B♭ minor. However, the acoustic version is recorded in G minor.

Lady (Dennis Wilson song)

"Lady" is a song written by Dennis Wilson, recorded by him with Daryl Dragon and released under the name "Dennis Wilson & Rumbo" in the United Kingdom on 4 December, 1970, on Stateside Records. The song served as the B-side of the " Sound of Free" single. The single was not issued in the United States.

The single was Dennis Wilson's first solo release. On both songs, Wilson performed the lead vocals with Daryl Dragon playing instruments. Dragon and his wife, Toni Tennille, would later become famous as Captain & Tennille.

Lady (group)

Lady ( Hangul: 레이디) was a Korean pop group, noted as the first transgender group from that country. The band consisted of Sinae, Sahara, Binu and Yuna. According to the official story, they were the best out of hundreds who tried out to be part of this band. Although only three were supposed to be in the group, a fourth was added at the last minute.

Their formation was inspired by the emergence of Harisu, a Korean singer and actress, who is also transgender. Sinae has previously appeared in commercials with a female dance group as well as a music video by Cho PD, and Sahara is a 2003 beauty pageant winner in Thailand and a former jeans model.

Lady released their first, self-titled album in 2005, consisting of eight tracks, many of them being remixes of their first two singles, "Attention" and "Ladies Night". There was much attention given to them by the press, given their unique status as a transgender band in a conservative country. However, they were able to perform on Korean music shows only a handful of times, while their music and videos were not well received. In order to drum up more publicity, they released a photobook featuring nude shots of all the Lady members; this also failed to catapult them into stardom, however.

Lady officially disbanded in early 2007.

Lady (disambiguation)

A lady is a term for a woman, the counterpart of "lord" or "gentleman".

Lady or Ladies may also refer to:

Lady (Lenny Kravitz song)

"Lady" is the final single from the 2004 album Baptism by American rock musician Lenny Kravitz. It was released on November 23, 2004. The song is believed to be written about Kravitz's then-girlfriend, Nicole Kidman. The track was used heavily in the GAP ads. The commercials featured Kravitz dancing and singing the song with his guitar to Sarah Jessica Parker.

Lady (Kenny Rogers song)

"Lady" is a song written by Lionel Richie and first recorded by American country artist Kenny Rogers. It was released in September 1980 on the album Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits.

It is listed at #47 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.1

Lady (album)

Lady is a compilation of songs from the band Styx's early recordings under the Wooden Nickel Records label. It is very similar to the contemporary Best of Styx compilation, consisting of the same tracks as that album (albeit in a different sequence) minus the song "Winner Take All", which does not appear on this album.

The album was also issued with different artwork and a new subtitle, Lady: ...Encore Collection.

Styx's second album, Styx II, was also temporarily released under the title "Lady", but that recording differs from this one.

Lady (You Bring Me Up)

"Lady (You Bring Me Up)" is a 1981 Top 10 hit single by The Commodores. It reached #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and also reached the Top 10 of the Billboard R&B Chart, peaking at #5. It was also a hit in England, reaching # 56 on the UK Chart.

It was written by Commodores member William King, his wife, Shirley, and Harold Hudson, a member of the Commodores' backing group, The Mean Machine. Lionel Richie sang the lead vocal, and it was one of the group's last big hits before he left the group for a solo career.

Lady (Jack Jones song)

"Lady" is a song with lyrics by Larry Kusik and Charles Singleton and music by Bert Kaempfert and Herbert Rehbein. It was recorded by Jack Jones and released as a single in 1967. In March of that year, it spent four weeks at number one on the US Easy Listening chart, the final of three number ones on the chart for Jones. On the Billboard Hot 100, "Lady" peaked at number 39 and was Jones's final Top 40 hit.

Lady (D'Angelo song)

"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.

The Game's 2013 single " All That (Lady)" uses a clear vocal sample of "Lady".

Lady (CNBLUE song)

Lady is a Japanese Single from South Korean Rock-band CNBLUE. This single is taken from their third Japan album What Turns You On?. Beside the standard edition, The single came up with three different editions (Limited Edition A and B version and Family Mart Edition which look like Vinyl because it is an LP size version).Every edition comes with a different instrumental: Limited Edition A comes with an instrumental of "Don't Care", Limited Edition B comes with an instrumental of "Monday", Regular and FamilyMart and famima.com Limited editions comes with an instrumental of the title track, "Lady".

Lady (Stevie Nicks song)

"Lady" is a 2014 song by the American singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks. It was the second single from her solo album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault. Nicks shot a music video on July 28, 2014. It was released on September 4, 2014. Nicks said the song is the first song she ever wrote on a piano.

The music video was well received, and has over 820,000 views to date.

Lady (American rapper)

Shameka Shanta Brown (born July 31, 1989), better known by her stage nameLady (and her online accounts ThisIsLady), is an American rapper signed to Plies' record label, Big Gates Record. Lady was born in Talbotton, Georgia and began rapping in high school with two of her friends. She was signed to her record label on the first of April, 2010. She has currently released three albums. Lady's song "Yankin" was featured in the HBO television series Girls and her song "Twerk" was featured in Showtime's original television series Ray Donovan. Lady's songs have also been featured on other shows and websites, such as the BBC show Skins, Slate, Perez Hilton, Howard Stern Show, MTV, Examiner.com, and The Huffington Post.

Lady (sculpture)

Lady is an outdoor sculpture by Jan Zach, installed outside the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, between Prince Lucien Campbell Hall and Condon Hall, on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon, in the United States. The painted steel sculpture was donated to the museum in 2014. It was commissioned by Inacio Peixoto, in memory of his wife, and marked Zach's final work. The sculpture was a work in progress when Zach died in 1986, but his former student Jerry Harpster was able to fabricate Zach's original vision.

Lady (Little River Band song)

"Lady" is a 1978 song written by Graeham Goble, and performed by Australian rock music group Little River Band. It was their sixth Top 10 hit in the U.S., peaking at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March 1979 and #7 on the Easy Listening chart.

Usage examples of "lady".

A shadow seemed to settle on his heart as he thought of the Aberrant lady they had met in Axekami.

The troops of ladies were off to bereave themselves of their fashionable imitation old lace adornment, which denounced them in some sort abettors and associates of the sanguinary loathed wretch, Mrs.

Then grew Ralph shamefaced and turned away from her, and miscalled himself for a fool and a dastard that could not abide the pleasure of his lady at the very place whereto she had let lead him.

But so please you I will not abide till then, but will kneel to him and to his Lady and Queen here and now.

For I spake with thee, it is nigh two years agone, when thou wert abiding the coming of our Lady in the castle yonder But now I see of thee that thou art brighter-faced, and mightier of aspect than aforetime, and it is in my mind that the Lady of Abundance must have loved thee and holpen thee, and blessed thee with some great blessing.

Give me the Saltings of Essex with the east winds blowing over them, and the primroses abloom upon the bank, and the lanes fetlock deep in mud, and for your share you may take all the scented gardens of Sinan and the cups and jewels of his ladies, with the fightings and adventures of the golden East thrown in.

So they abode a little, and the more part of what talk there was came from the Lady, and she was chiefly asking Ralph of his home in Upmeads, and his brethren and kindred, and he told her all openly, and hid naught, while her voice ravished his very soul from him, and it seemed strange to him, that such an one should hold him in talk concerning these simple matters and familiar haps, and look on him so kindly and simply.

These Sea Folk were not like the aborigines of Ruwenda, accustomed to obey the laws of the White Lady and freely accepting Kadiya as their leader.

The Swamp Folk and the other aborigines will no longer revere you and follow you and call you their Great Advocate if you are without it, will they, Lady of the Eyes?

His hot face had leaned forward a little too confidentially and he had assumed a very low Dublin accent, so that the young ladies, with one instinct, received his speech in silence.

Also, that he wanted papers to be drawn up to the effect that one thousand pounds a year was to be allotted to acertain lady in support of herself and her son.

Sure enough, the keys were in the ignition, just like the Scorpion Lady had promised, and I drove out to Phaya Tai Road and cruised up and down it til I finally found the Acme Fertilizer Company.

Two weeks later the Scorpion Lady told me to skip the Hatchery and go back to the Acme Fertilizer Company, and Reginald attacked the elephant shit with the same enthusiasm he had attacked it a month earlier.

In 1486 a priest in London writes to his patron in Yorkshire: I send a paper of the Rosary of Our Lady of Coleyn, and I have registered your name with both my Ladis names, as the paper expresses, and ye be acopled as brethren and sisters.

After much consideration, therefore, she resolved to go early in the morning to that lady, and endeavour to see her, unknown to Sophia, and to acquaint her with the whole affair.