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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lady  \La"dy\,  n.;  pl  {Ladies}.  [OE.  ladi,  l[ae]fdi,  AS 
  hl?fdige,  hl?fdie;  AS  hl[=a]f  loaf  +  a  root  of  uncertain 
  origin,  possibly  akin  to  E.  dairy.  See  {Loaf},  and  cf 
  {Lord}.] 
  1.  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.  --Wyclif  (Gen. 
  xvi.  8.). 
 
  2.  A  woman  having  proprietary  rights  or  authority;  mistress; 
  --  a  feminine  correlative  of  lord.  ``Lord  or  lady  of  high 
  degree.''  --Lowell. 
 
  Of  all  these  bounds,  even  from  this  line  to  this  . 
  .  .  We  make  thee  lady.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  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.  --Waller. 
 
  4.  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 
 
  5.  A  woman  of  refined  or  gentle  manners;  a  well-bred  woman; 
  --  the  feminine  correlative  of  gentleman. 
 
  6.  A  wife;  --  not  now  in  approved  usage.  --Goldsmith. 
 
  7.  (Zo["o]l.)  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. 
 
  {Ladies'  man},  a  man  who  affects  the  society  of  ladies. 
 
  {Lady  altar},  an  altar  in  a  lady  chapel.  --Shipley. 
 
  {Lady  chapel},  a  chapel  dedicated  to  the  Virgin  Mary. 
 
  {Lady  court},  the  court  of  a  lady  of  the  manor. 
 
  {Lady  court},  the  court  of  a  lady  of  the  manor. 
 
  {Lady  crab}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  handsomely  spotted  swimming  crab 
  ({Platyonichus  ocellatus})  very  common  on  the  sandy  shores 
  of  the  Atlantic  coast  of  the  United  States. 
 
  {Lady  fern}.  (Bot.)  See  {Female  fern},  under  {Female},  and 
  Illust.  of  {Fern}. 
 
  {Lady  in  waiting},  a  lady  of  the  queen's  household,  appointed 
  to  wait  upon  or  attend  the  queen. 
 
  {Lady  Mass},  a  Mass  said  in  honor  of  the  Virgin  Mary. 
  --Shipley. 
 
  {Lady  of  the  manor},  a  lady  having  jurisdiction  of  a  manor; 
  also  the  wife  of  a  manor  lord. 
 
  {Lady's  maid},  a  maidservant  who  dresses  and  waits  upon  a 
  lady.  --Thackeray. 
 
  {Our  Lady},  the  Virgin  Mary. 




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