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- (transitive) To make ladylike.
- (transitive) To bestow the title of Lady on (a woman).
1632, Massinger, Philip, “The City Madam”, in Gifford, William, editor, The Plays of Philip Massinger, Act 4, Scene 4, published 1845, page 400:
- Your father was / An honest country farmer, goodman Humble. / By his neighbours ne'er call'd Master. Did your pride / Descend from him? but let that pass: your fortune, / Or rather your hunsband's industry, advanced you / To the rank of a merchant's wife. He made a knight, / And your sweet mistress-ship ladyfied,