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Gentlewoman vs. Lady

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Gentlewomannoun

(historical) A woman of the nobility.

Ladynoun

(historical) The mistress of a household.

Gentlewomannoun

A woman of good family or of good breeding; a woman above the vulgar.

Ladynoun

A woman of breeding or higher class, a woman of authority.

‘"I would like the dining room to be fully set by tonight; would you do so?" "Yes, my lady".’;

Gentlewomannoun

A woman who attends a lady of high rank.

Ladynoun

The feminine of lord.

Gentlewomannoun

a woman of refinement;

‘a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady’;

Ladynoun

A title for someone married to a lord.

Gentlewoman

A gentlewoman (from the Latin gentilis, belonging to a gens, and English 'woman') in the original and strict sense is a woman of good family, analogous to the Latin generosus and generosa. The closely related English word derives from the Old French genterise, gentelise, with much of the meaning of the French noblesse and the German Adel, but without the strict technical requirements of those traditions, such as quarters of nobility.

‘gentry’;

Ladynoun

A title for somebody married to a gentleman.

Ladynoun

A title that can be used instead of the formal terms of marchioness, countess, viscountess, or baroness.

Ladynoun

A woman: an adult female human.

‘Please direct this lady to the soft furnishings department.’;

Ladynoun

(in the plural) A polite reference or form of address to women.

‘Ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to be here today. Follow me, ladies!’;

Ladynoun

(slang) Used to address a female.

‘Hey, lady, move your car!’;

Ladynoun

(ladies' or ladies) Toilets intended for use by women.

Ladynoun

(familiar) A wife or girlfriend; a sweetheart.

Ladynoun

A woman to whom the particular homage of a knight was paid; a woman to whom one is devoted or bound.

Ladynoun

(slang) A queen the playing card.

Ladynoun

Who is a woman.

‘A lady doctor.’;

Ladynoun

(Wicca) lang=en.

Ladynoun

The triturating apparatus in the stomach of a lobster, consisting of calcareous plates; so called from a fancied resemblance to a seated female figure.

Ladynoun

A five-pound note. (Rhyming slang, Lady Godiva for fiver.)

Ladynoun

(slang) A woman’s breast.

Ladynoun

A woman who looks after the domestic affairs of a family; a mistress; the female head of a household.

‘Agar, the handmaiden of Sara, whence comest thou, and whither goest thou? The which answered, Fro the face of Sara my lady.’;

Ladynoun

A woman having proprietary rights or authority; mistress; - a feminine correlative of lord.

‘Of all these bounds, even from this line to this, . . . We make thee lady.’;

Ladynoun

A woman to whom the particular homage of a knight was paid; a woman to whom one is devoted or bound; a sweetheart.

‘The soldier here his wasted store supplies,And takes new valor from his lady's eyes.’;

Ladynoun

A woman of social distinction or position. In England, a title prefixed to the name of any woman whose husband is not of lower rank than a baron, or whose father was a nobleman not lower than an earl. The wife of a baronet or knight has the title of Lady by courtesy, but not by right.

Ladynoun

A woman of refined or gentle manners; a well-bred woman; - the feminine correlative of gentleman.

Ladynoun

A wife; - not now in approved usage.

Ladynoun

Any woman; as, a lounge for ladies; a cleaning lady; also used in combination; as, saleslady.

Ladynoun

The triturating apparatus in the stomach of a lobster; - so called from a fancied resemblance to a seated female figure. It consists of calcareous plates.

Ladyadjective

Belonging or becoming to a lady; ladylike.

Ladynoun

a polite name for any woman;

‘a nice lady at the library helped me’;

Ladynoun

a woman of refinement;

‘a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady’;

Ladynoun

a woman of the peerage in Britain

Lady

The word lady is a term of respect for a girl or woman, the equivalent of gentleman. Once used to describe only women of a high social class or status, the female equivalent of lord, now it may refer to any adult woman.

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