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la·dy

 (lā′dē)
n. pl. la·dies
1. A woman of high social standing or refinement, especially when viewed as dignified or well-mannered.
2. A woman who is the head of a household: Is the lady of the house at home?
3.
a. A woman, especially when spoken of or to in a polite way: Ladies, may I show you to your table?
b. Used as a form of address for a woman, often with sarcasm or irritation: Look, lady, I was ahead of you in line.
4.
a. A woman who is the object of romantic or chivalrous love: a knight serving his lady.
b. Informal A wife or girlfriend: a man kissing his lady at the airport.
5. A lady in waiting: the queen and her ladies.
6. Lady Chiefly British
a. A general feminine title of nobility and other rank, specifically as the title for the wife or widow of a knight or baronet.
b. Used as a form of address for a woman of high rank, especially for a marchioness, countess, viscountess, baroness, or baronetess.
7. Lady The Virgin Mary. Usually used with Our.

[Middle English, mistress of a household, from Old English hlǣfdige; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: Lady is normally used as a parallel to gentleman to emphasize norms expected in polite society or in situations requiring courtesies: Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please. I believe the lady in front of the counter was here before me. The attributive use of lady, as in lady doctor, is widely offensive and outdated. When the sex of the person is relevant, the preferred modifier is woman or female. Twice as many members of the Usage Panel in our 1994 survey preferred female and male to woman and man as modifiers in the sentence President Clinton interviewed both ______ and ______ candidates for the position of Attorney General.

ladies

or

ladies' room

n
(functioning as singular) informal a women's public lavatory
Translations
dámské záchody
dametoilet
naisten wc
ženski toalet
女性用トイレ
여자 화장실
žensko stranišče
damtoalett
ห้องน้ำสตรี
phòng vệ sinh nữ

ladies

[ˈleɪdɪz] nsg ladies' room n (lavatory) the ladiesi gabinetti per signore, la toilette f inv
"Ladies" → "signore"
where is the Ladies? → dov'è la toilette? (per signore)

ladies

مَرَاحِيضُ السَّيَداتُ dámské záchody dametoilet Damentoilette τουαλέτα γυναικών aseo de señoras, baño de mujeres naisten wc toilettes pour femmes ženski toalet bagno delle donne 女性用トイレ 여자 화장실 damestoilet dametoalett damska toaleta casa de banho das senhoras, toalete feminino женский туалет damtoalett ห้องน้ำสตรี kadınlar tuvaleti phòng vệ sinh nữ 女厕所
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If we were alone, and you would leave that noble horse at the mercy of the wolves to-night, I could show you the way to Edward myself, within an hour, for it lies only about an hour's journey hence; but with such ladies in your company 'tis impossible
We reckoned--that is--we intended to meet you and the young ladies at the grade," said Fairfax, reddening a little as he endeavored to conceal his too ready slang, "and save you from trapesing--from dragging yourselves up grade again to your house.
Perhaps you'd prefer a regular carriage; some ladies do.
It rustled the silken garments of the ladies, and waved the long curls of the gentlemen's wigs, and shook the window-hangings and the curtains of the bedchambers; causing everywhere a singular stir, which yet was more like a hush.
It had been wrought, as was easy to perceive, with wonderful skill of needlework; and the stitch (as I am assured by ladies conversant with such mysteries) gives evidence of a now forgotten art, not to be discovered even by the process of picking out the threads.
The departing ladies who had said they would stay didn't, of course, thank heaven, stay: they departed, in consequence of arrangements made, in a rage of curiosity, as they professed, produced by the touches with which he had already worked us up.
Even in Broadway and Chestnut streets, Mediterranean mariners will sometimes jostle the affrighted ladies.
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They have certainly lived up to their "dream team" nickname by dominating ladies bowls in 2014 and 2015 - with back-to-back victories in the Huddersfield League, Yorkshire Top Team Cup and British Club Championships.
Statistics of Central Police Office disclosed that there are no ladies police in three districts Mansehra, Hari Pur and Shangla.
GOWER Sports produced an impressive display in the field to beat Fairwater RFC A in the Premier Division of the Ladies Baseball League.
The Northland Raiders exploited the Strikers' slip up and went top of the league thanks to their convincing 3-2 win over the Fermanagh Ladies at Newtownards.