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Definition: Lady in waiting
(l[=a]"d[y^]), n.; pl. Ladies
[OE. ladi, l[ae]fdi, AS. hl[=ae]fdige, hl[=ae]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.
2. A woman having proprietary rights or authority; mistress;
-- a feminine correlative of lord. “Lord or lady of high
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
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
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. Hence: Any woman; as, a lounge for ladies; a cleaning
lady; also used in combination; as, saleslady.
8. (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.
, a man who affects the society of ladies.
, an altar in a lady chapel. --Shipley.
, a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
, the court of a lady of the manor.
(Zo["o]l.), a handsomely spotted swimming crab
) very common on the sandy shores
of the Atlantic coast of the United States.
. (Bot.) See Female fern
, under Female
Illust. of Fern
Lady in waiting
, a lady of the queen's household, appointed
to wait upon or attend the queen.
, a Mass said in honor of the Virgin Mary.
Lady of the manor
, a lady having jurisdiction of a manor;
also, the wife of a manor lord.
, a maidservant who dresses and waits upon a
, the Virgin Mary.