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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LADY

At the head of the stairs they parted, Milbrey joining the lady who had waited for him.

If it please you, lady, my master bids me say he desires your presence.

That telegram from Coplen is concernin' of a lady—a party that was with him when he died.

Why, you'd be Lady Casselthorpe, with dukes and counts takin' off their crowns to you.

He returned at length with the message, "The lady says will you please step up-stairs."

At any rate, if the lady of the house objected to it, it could return with Mistress Randall.

Then the other lady said, solemnly, 'My dear Mrs. Meredith, it is too true.

The lady did as she was told, and they retraced their steps.

This question was addressed to the lady, who drew back, and made no reply.

You wadna have me to believe, Captain Smith, that the lady does not prefer you to him?

WORD ORIGIN

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 (1); also compare lord). The medial -f- disappeared 14c. Not found outside English except where borrowed from it.

Sense 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; e.g. ladybug. Ladies' man first recorded 1784. Lady of pleasure recorded from 1640s.

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