Ladies vs. Lady - What's the difference?

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  • Ladies

    The word lady is a term of respect for a woman, the equivalent of gentleman. Once used to describe only women of a high social class or status, now it may refer to any adult woman. Informal use of this word is sometimes euphemistic ("lady of the night" for a prostitute) or, in American slang, condescending (equivalent to "mister"). "Lady" is also a formal title in the United Kingdom. "Lady" is used before the family name of a woman with a title of nobility or honorary title suo jure (in her own right), or the wife of a lord, a baronet, laird, or a knight, and also before the first name of the daughter of a duke, marquess, or earl.

  • Lady

    The word lady is a term of respect for a woman, the equivalent of gentleman. Once used to describe only women of a high social class or status, now it may refer to any adult woman. Informal use of this word is sometimes euphemistic ("lady of the night" for a prostitute) or, in American slang, condescending (equivalent to "mister"). "Lady" is also a formal title in the United Kingdom. "Lady" is used before the family name of a woman with a title of nobility or honorary title suo jure (in her own right), or the wife of a lord, a baronet, laird, or a knight, and also before the first name of the daughter of a duke, marquess, or earl.

Wiktionary

  • Ladies (noun)

    plural of lady

  • Ladies (noun)

    A ladies' room: a lavatory intended for use by women.

  • Ladies (adjective)

    Intended for use by women.

  • Lady (noun)

    The mistress of a household.

  • Lady (noun)

    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"."

  • Lady (noun)

    The feminine of lord.

  • Lady (noun)

    A title for someone married to a lord.

  • Lady (noun)

    A title for somebody married to a gentleman.

  • Lady (noun)

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

  • Lady (noun)

    A woman: an adult female human.

    "Please direct this lady to the soft furnishings department."

  • Lady (noun)

    A polite reference or form of address to women.

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

  • Lady (noun)

    Used to address a female.

    "Hey, lady, move your car!"

  • Lady (noun)

    Toilets intended for use by women.

  • Lady (noun)

    A wife or girlfriend; a sweetheart.

  • Lady (noun)

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

  • Lady (noun)

    A queen the playing card.

  • Lady (noun)

    Who is a woman.

    "A lady doctor."

  • Lady (noun)

    alternative form of Lady.

  • Lady (noun)

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

  • Lady (noun)

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

  • Lady (noun)

    A woman’s breast.

Webster Dictionary

  • Lady (noun)

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

  • Lady (noun)

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

  • Lady (noun)

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

  • Lady (noun)

    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.

  • Lady (noun)

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

  • Lady (noun)

    A wife; - not now in approved usage.

  • Lady (noun)

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

  • Lady (noun)

    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.

  • Lady (adjective)

    Belonging or becoming to a lady; ladylike.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Lady (noun)

    a polite name for any woman;

    "a nice lady at the library helped me"

  • Lady (noun)

    a woman of refinement;

    "a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady"

  • Lady (noun)

    a woman of the peerage in Britain

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