Definition of "lady" []

  • A well-mannered and considerate woman with high standards of proper behavior. (noun)
  • A woman regarded as proper and virtuous. (noun)
  • A well-behaved young girl. (noun)
  • A woman who is the head of a household. (noun)
  • A woman, especially when spoken of or to in a polite way. (noun)
  • A woman regarded as having the characteristics of a good family and high social position (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A polite name for a woman (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A woman with proprietary rights and authority, as over a manor (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "lady" in a sentence
  • "The lady of the Spanish minister is a _lady_ in every sense of the word."
  • "'Oh, she's no lady -- she's some common person -- no _lady_ would behave in that manner.'"
  • "He required a lady -- a _lady_ (Mrs. Major smiled deprecatingly) who should devote herself to his cats."