lady - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. used for talking about a woman. Some people think this use is polite but other people think it is old-fashioned and prefer to use ‘woman

    Go and ask that lady over there.

    There was a young lady standing outside the house.

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    1. a.
      a woman who behaves politely and in a way that was traditionally considered suitable for a woman

      I remember her as a refined elegant lady.

      She doesn’t talk like a lady.

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    2. c.
      American informal used for talking to a woman whose name you do not know. Using this word to address someone is considered rude, and the polite word is ma’am.
    3. d.
      [only before noun] old-fashioned used for referring to what a woman’s profession is, for example a ‘lady doctor’ or ‘lady barrister. Many people prefer to saywoman doctor’ or ‘woman barrister’ or simplydoctor’ or ‘barrister.
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