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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 your attention.
[C] Lady can be a form of address, sometimes considered rude, 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 social rank, or the person herself
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"lady" in British English

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ladynoun

uk   /ˈleɪ.di/ 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 your language - 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 traditionally considered to be suitable for a woman: Of course I remember Mrs 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 considered offensive by many women: Hey, lady, what's the rush?
ladies [S, + sing/pl verb] UK US ladies' room
a women's toilet in a public place 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   /ˈleɪ.di/ us   /ˈleɪ.di/
a title given in the UK to a woman or girl who has the social rank of a peer, or to the wife of a peer or knight: Lady Diana Spencer Sir Charles and Lady Finlater
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