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See also: lady, lądy, and łady



Lady (plural Ladies)

  1. 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.
    Sir John Smith and Lady Smith.
    Would Lady Macbeth care for dessert?
    • 1892, Oscar Wilde, “Act I”, in Lady Windermere's Fan [] [1]:
      How do you do, Lady Windermere?
    • 1931, The Bee Hive, volume 50, number 5, page 16, column 1:
      Honor guests were Ladies Smith and Walker of Port Huron, Michigan. Lady Walker has been a Maccabee for 40 years.
  2. (Wicca) A high priestess.


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  1. The title for the (primary) female deity in female-centered religions.
    My Lady, will you not take pity on me?
    1. (in particular) The major supernatural figurehead in the Wiccan religion, a triune goddess split into the Mother, Maiden, and Crone.
      • 2002, A.J. Drew, Wicca for Couples: Making Magick Together, page 90:
        ...different stages of life as represented by our Lady as Maiden, Mother, and Crone, as well as our Lord as Master, Father, and Sage.
      • 2003, Carl McColman, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Paganism, page 46:
        The Lord and the Lady Actually, when I say that Wicca is a Goddess tradition, I'm really only telling half of the story.
      • 2004, Aurora Greenbough, Cathy Jewell, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Spells and Spellcraft, page 9:
        The Lady is often thought of as having three aspects: Maiden, Mother, and Crone.



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18th century, borrowed from English lady.


  • IPA(key): /ˈlɛɪ̯di/, /ˈleːdi/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: La‧dy


Lady f (genitive Lady, plural Ladys or (dated) Ladies, masculine (noble) Lord or (genteel) Gentleman or Kavalier or Herr)

  1. lady, Lady (British noblewoman)
  2. lady (genteel woman)
    Synonym: (feine) Dame


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Further reading[edit]

  • Lady” in Duden online