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"lady" in British English

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ladynoun

uk   us   /ˈleɪ.di/
B1 [C] a ​polite or ​old-fashioned way of referring to or ​talking to a woman: There's a ​young lady here to ​see you. Mind ​yourlanguage - there are ladies ​present! Say "​thank you" to the lady, ​children.old-fashioned Is the lady of the ​house (= the most ​important or only woman who ​lives in the ​house) at ​home? [C] old-fashioned a woman who ​behaves in a way that is ​traditionallyconsidered to be ​suitable for a woman: Of ​course I ​rememberMrs Connor - she was a ​real lady. [C] old-fashioned sometimes used before the ​name of a ​job done by a woman: a lady ​doctor [as form of address] US used to ​talk to a woman in a way that is not ​polite and is ​consideredoffensive by many women: Hey, lady, what's the ​rush?ladies [S, + sing/pl verb] UK (US ladies' room) a women's ​toilet in a ​publicplace or ​building such as a ​hotel or ​restaurant: I'm just going to the ladies. Is there a ladies on this ​floor?ladies and gentlemen used to ​talk to the ​members of the ​audience when you are making a ​speech: Good ​evening, ladies and ​gentlemen, and ​welcome to ​our show.

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Ladynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈleɪ.di/
a ​title given in the UK to a woman or ​girl who has the ​socialrank of a peer, or to the ​wife of a peer or ​knight: Lady Diana Spencer Sir Charles and Lady Finlater
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(Definition of lady from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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ladynoun

 us   /ˈleɪ·di/
  • lady noun (WOMAN)

[C] a woman who is ​polite and ​behaves well toward other ​people: Try to ​act like a lady. [C] Lady is often used as a ​polite way of ​addressing or referring to any woman: This lady has a ​question. Ladies and ​gentlemen, may I have ​yourattention. [C] Lady can be a ​form of ​address, sometimes ​consideredrude, to a woman whose ​name you do not ​know: Hey, lady, what’s the ​rush?
  • lady noun (TITLE)

[U] (in some ​countries) the ​title of a woman who has, or is the ​wife of a man who has, a ​specially high ​socialrank, or the ​person herself
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