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lady  
      n   pl   , -dies  
1    a woman regarded as having the characteristics of a good family and high social position; female counterpart of gentleman (sense 1)  
2   
a    a polite name for a woman  
b    (as modifier)  
a lady doctor     
3       an informal name for       wife  
4    lady of the house   the female head of the household  
5      (History)   a woman with proprietary rights and authority, as over a manor  
   Compare       lord       3  
     (Old English hlæfdige, from hlaf bread + dige kneader, related to dah dough)  


bag lady  
      n   a woman who is homeless and wanders city streets with all her possessions in shopping bags,   (Also called (in full))    shopping bag lady  
dinner lady  
      n     (Brit)   a female cook or canteen worker in a school  
find the lady  
      n      another name for       three-card trick  
first lady  
      n   often caps  
1    (in the U.S.) the wife or official hostess of a chief executive, esp. of a state governor or a president  
2    a woman considered to be at the top of her profession or art  
the first lady of jazz     
Lady  
      n   pl   , -dies  
1    (in Britain) a title of honour borne by various classes of women of the peerage  
2    my lady   a term of address to holders of the title Lady, used esp. by servants  
3    Our Lady   a title of the Virgin Mary  
4    Archaic   an allegorical prefix for the personifications of certain qualities  
Lady Luck     
5      (Chiefly Brit)   the term of address by which certain positions of respect are prefaced when held by women  
Lady Chairman     
lady bountiful  
      n   an ostentatiously charitable woman  
     (after a character in George Farquhar's play The Beaux' Stratagem (1707))  
Lady Chapel  
      n   a chapel within a church or cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary  
Lady Day  
      n   March 25, the feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary; one of the four quarter days in England, Wales and Ireland,   (Also called)    Annunciation Day  
lady fern  
      n   a large, graceful, but variable fern, Athyrium filix-femina, with bipinnate fronds, commonly found on damp acid soils in woods and on hillsides  
lady-in-waiting  
      n   pl   , ladies-in-waiting   a lady of a royal household who attends a queen or princess  
lady-killer  
      n  
Informal   a man who is, or thinks he is, irresistibly fascinating to women  
  lady-killing      n, adj  
Lady Macbeth strategy  
      n  
Informal   a strategy in a takeover battle in which a third party makes a bid acceptable to the target company, appearing to act as a white knight but subsequently joining forces with the original (unwelcome) bidder  
     (C20: after Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's Macbeth (1605))  
lady mayoress  
      n     (Brit)   the wife of a lord mayor  
Lady Muck  
      n  
Informal, usually derogatory   an ordinary woman behaving or being treated as if she were aristocratic  
   See also       Lord Muck  
Lady of the Lake  
      n   (in Arthurian legend) a mysterious supernatural being sometimes identified with Vivian  
lady orchid  
      n   a tall graceful orchid, Orchis purpurea, with faintly scented purple-brown and green flowers with a pinkish or white lip  
     (C19: named from a fancied resemblance to a lady in regency dress and bonnet)  
lady's bedstraw  
      n   a Eurasian rubiaceous plant, Galium verum, with clusters of small yellow flowers  
lady's finger  
      n      another name for       bhindi  
lady's maid  
      n   a personal servant to a woman, esp. in matters of dress and toilet  
lady's man  
      n      a variant spelling of       ladies' man  
lady's mantle  
      n   any of various rosaceous plants of the N temperate genus Alchemilla, having small green flowers  
lady's-slipper  
      n   any of various orchids of the Eurasian genus Cypripedium, esp. C. calceolus, having reddish or purple flowers  
   See also       moccasin flower       cypripedium  
lady's-smock  
      n   a N temperate cruciferous plant, Cardamine pratensis, with white or rose-pink flowers,   (Also called)    cuckooflower  
lady's-thumb  
      n   the usual U.S. name for red shank (the plant)  
lady's-tresses   , ladies'-tresses  
      n   functioning as sing or pl   any of various orchids of the genus Spiranthes, having spikes of small white fragrant flowers  
naked lady  
      n   a leafless pink orchid found in Australia and New Zealand  
old lady  
      n  
1       an informal term for       mother   1       wife       1  
2    a large noctuid moth, Mormo maura, that has drab patterned wings originally thought to resemble an elderly Victorian lady's shawl  
Our Lady  
      n      a title given to the       Virgin Mary  
painted lady  
      n   a migratory nymphalid butterfly, Vanessa cardui, with pale brownish-red mottled wings  
shopping bag lady  
      n      another name for       bag lady  
tea lady  
      n   a woman employed in a factory, office, etc. to make tea during a tea break  
white lady  
      n  
1    a cocktail consisting of gin, Cointreau, and lemon juice  
2      (Austral)  
informal   methylated spirits as a drink, sometimes mixed with shoe polish or other additives  
young lady  
      n   a girlfriend; sweetheart  
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lollipop man   , lady         
      n   (in Britain) a person wearing a white coat and carrying a pole bearing a circular warning sign who stops traffic to allow children travelling to or from school to cross a road safely,   (Official name)    school crossing patrol  


bag lady  
      n   a woman who is homeless and wanders city streets with all her possessions in shopping bags,   (Also called (in full))    shopping bag lady  
dinner lady  
      n     (Brit)   a female cook or canteen worker in a school  
find the lady  
      n      another name for       three-card trick  
first lady  
      n   often caps  
1    (in the U.S.) the wife or official hostess of a chief executive, esp. of a state governor or a president  
2    a woman considered to be at the top of her profession or art  
the first lady of jazz     
lady  
      n   pl   , -dies  
1    a woman regarded as having the characteristics of a good family and high social position; female counterpart of gentleman (sense 1)  
2   
a    a polite name for a woman  
b    (as modifier)  
a lady doctor     
3       an informal name for       wife  
4    lady of the house   the female head of the household  
5      (History)   a woman with proprietary rights and authority, as over a manor  
   Compare       lord       3  
     (Old English hlæfdige, from hlaf bread + dige kneader, related to dah dough)  
Lady  
      n   pl   , -dies  
1    (in Britain) a title of honour borne by various classes of women of the peerage  
2    my lady   a term of address to holders of the title Lady, used esp. by servants  
3    Our Lady   a title of the Virgin Mary  
4    Archaic   an allegorical prefix for the personifications of certain qualities  
Lady Luck     
5      (Chiefly Brit)   the term of address by which certain positions of respect are prefaced when held by women  
Lady Chairman     
lady bountiful  
      n   an ostentatiously charitable woman  
     (after a character in George Farquhar's play The Beaux' Stratagem (1707))  
Lady Chapel  
      n   a chapel within a church or cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary  
Lady Day  
      n   March 25, the feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary; one of the four quarter days in England, Wales and Ireland,   (Also called)    Annunciation Day  
lady fern  
      n   a large, graceful, but variable fern, Athyrium filix-femina, with bipinnate fronds, commonly found on damp acid soils in woods and on hillsides  
lady-in-waiting  
      n   pl   , ladies-in-waiting   a lady of a royal household who attends a queen or princess  
lady-killer  
      n  
Informal   a man who is, or thinks he is, irresistibly fascinating to women  
  lady-killing      n, adj  
Lady Macbeth strategy  
      n  
Informal   a strategy in a takeover battle in which a third party makes a bid acceptable to the target company, appearing to act as a white knight but subsequently joining forces with the original (unwelcome) bidder  
     (C20: after Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's Macbeth (1605))  
lady mayoress  
      n     (Brit)   the wife of a lord mayor  
Lady Muck  
      n  
Informal, usually derogatory   an ordinary woman behaving or being treated as if she were aristocratic  
   See also       Lord Muck  
Lady of the Lake  
      n   (in Arthurian legend) a mysterious supernatural being sometimes identified with Vivian  
lady orchid  
      n   a tall graceful orchid, Orchis purpurea, with faintly scented purple-brown and green flowers with a pinkish or white lip  
     (C19: named from a fancied resemblance to a lady in regency dress and bonnet)  
lady's bedstraw  
      n   a Eurasian rubiaceous plant, Galium verum, with clusters of small yellow flowers  
lady's finger  
      n      another name for       bhindi  
lady's maid  
      n   a personal servant to a woman, esp. in matters of dress and toilet  
lady's man  
      n      a variant spelling of       ladies' man  
lady's mantle  
      n   any of various rosaceous plants of the N temperate genus Alchemilla, having small green flowers  
lady's-slipper  
      n   any of various orchids of the Eurasian genus Cypripedium, esp. C. calceolus, having reddish or purple flowers  
   See also       moccasin flower       cypripedium  
lady's-smock  
      n   a N temperate cruciferous plant, Cardamine pratensis, with white or rose-pink flowers,   (Also called)    cuckooflower  
lady's-thumb  
      n   the usual U.S. name for red shank (the plant)  
lady's-tresses   , ladies'-tresses  
      n   functioning as sing or pl   any of various orchids of the genus Spiranthes, having spikes of small white fragrant flowers  
naked lady  
      n   a leafless pink orchid found in Australia and New Zealand  
old lady  
      n  
1       an informal term for       mother   1       wife       1  
2    a large noctuid moth, Mormo maura, that has drab patterned wings originally thought to resemble an elderly Victorian lady's shawl  
Our Lady  
      n      a title given to the       Virgin Mary  
painted lady  
      n   a migratory nymphalid butterfly, Vanessa cardui, with pale brownish-red mottled wings  
shopping bag lady  
      n      another name for       bag lady  
tea lady  
      n   a woman employed in a factory, office, etc. to make tea during a tea break  
white lady  
      n  
1    a cocktail consisting of gin, Cointreau, and lemon juice  
2      (Austral)  
informal   methylated spirits as a drink, sometimes mixed with shoe polish or other additives  
young lady  
      n   a girlfriend; sweetheart  

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Lady  


      n   pl   , -dies  
1    (in Britain) a title of honour borne by various classes of women of the peerage  
2    my lady   a term of address to holders of the title Lady, used esp. by servants  
3    Our Lady   a title of the Virgin Mary  
4    Archaic   an allegorical prefix for the personifications of certain qualities  
Lady Luck     
5      (Chiefly Brit)   the term of address by which certain positions of respect are prefaced when held by women  
Lady Chairman     


bag lady  
      n   a woman who is homeless and wanders city streets with all her possessions in shopping bags,   (Also called (in full))    shopping bag lady  
dinner lady  
      n     (Brit)   a female cook or canteen worker in a school  
find the lady  
      n      another name for       three-card trick  
first lady  
      n   often caps  
1    (in the U.S.) the wife or official hostess of a chief executive, esp. of a state governor or a president  
2    a woman considered to be at the top of her profession or art  
the first lady of jazz     
lady  
      n   pl   , -dies  
1    a woman regarded as having the characteristics of a good family and high social position; female counterpart of gentleman (sense 1)  
2   
a    a polite name for a woman  
b    (as modifier)  
a lady doctor     
3       an informal name for       wife  
4    lady of the house   the female head of the household  
5      (History)   a woman with proprietary rights and authority, as over a manor  
   Compare       lord       3  
     (Old English hlæfdige, from hlaf bread + dige kneader, related to dah dough)  
lady bountiful  
      n   an ostentatiously charitable woman  
     (after a character in George Farquhar's play The Beaux' Stratagem (1707))  
Lady Chapel  
      n   a chapel within a church or cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary  
Lady Day  
      n   March 25, the feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary; one of the four quarter days in England, Wales and Ireland,   (Also called)    Annunciation Day  
lady fern  
      n   a large, graceful, but variable fern, Athyrium filix-femina, with bipinnate fronds, commonly found on damp acid soils in woods and on hillsides  
lady-in-waiting  
      n   pl   , ladies-in-waiting   a lady of a royal household who attends a queen or princess  
lady-killer  
      n  
Informal   a man who is, or thinks he is, irresistibly fascinating to women  
  lady-killing      n, adj  
Lady Macbeth strategy  
      n  
Informal   a strategy in a takeover battle in which a third party makes a bid acceptable to the target company, appearing to act as a white knight but subsequently joining forces with the original (unwelcome) bidder  
     (C20: after Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's Macbeth (1605))  
lady mayoress  
      n     (Brit)   the wife of a lord mayor  
Lady Muck  
      n  
Informal, usually derogatory   an ordinary woman behaving or being treated as if she were aristocratic  
   See also       Lord Muck  
Lady of the Lake  
      n   (in Arthurian legend) a mysterious supernatural being sometimes identified with Vivian  
lady orchid  
      n   a tall graceful orchid, Orchis purpurea, with faintly scented purple-brown and green flowers with a pinkish or white lip  
     (C19: named from a fancied resemblance to a lady in regency dress and bonnet)  
lady's bedstraw  
      n   a Eurasian rubiaceous plant, Galium verum, with clusters of small yellow flowers  
lady's finger  
      n      another name for       bhindi  
lady's maid  
      n   a personal servant to a woman, esp. in matters of dress and toilet  
lady's man  
      n      a variant spelling of       ladies' man  
lady's mantle  
      n   any of various rosaceous plants of the N temperate genus Alchemilla, having small green flowers  
lady's-slipper  
      n   any of various orchids of the Eurasian genus Cypripedium, esp. C. calceolus, having reddish or purple flowers  
   See also       moccasin flower       cypripedium  
lady's-smock  
      n   a N temperate cruciferous plant, Cardamine pratensis, with white or rose-pink flowers,   (Also called)    cuckooflower  
lady's-thumb  
      n   the usual U.S. name for red shank (the plant)  
lady's-tresses   , ladies'-tresses  
      n   functioning as sing or pl   any of various orchids of the genus Spiranthes, having spikes of small white fragrant flowers  
naked lady  
      n   a leafless pink orchid found in Australia and New Zealand  
old lady  
      n  
1       an informal term for       mother   1       wife       1  
2    a large noctuid moth, Mormo maura, that has drab patterned wings originally thought to resemble an elderly Victorian lady's shawl  
Our Lady  
      n      a title given to the       Virgin Mary  
painted lady  
      n   a migratory nymphalid butterfly, Vanessa cardui, with pale brownish-red mottled wings  
shopping bag lady  
      n      another name for       bag lady  
tea lady  
      n   a woman employed in a factory, office, etc. to make tea during a tea break  
white lady  
      n  
1    a cocktail consisting of gin, Cointreau, and lemon juice  
2      (Austral)  
informal   methylated spirits as a drink, sometimes mixed with shoe polish or other additives  
young lady  
      n   a girlfriend; sweetheart  

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lady  

1    dame, gentlewoman  
2    female, woman  


lady-killer     
Casanova, Don Juan, heartbreaker, ladies' man, libertine, Lothario, philanderer, rake, roué, wolf     (informal)   womanizer  

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