lady of the house


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la′dy of the house′


n.
the female head of a household.
[1785–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lady of the house - a wife who manages a household while her husband earns the family incomelady of the house - a wife who manages a household while her husband earns the family income
married woman, wife - a married woman; a man's partner in marriage
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One half of the company was already seated at the card-table, the other half awaited the result of the stereotype preliminary observation of the lady of the house:
Delamayn interfered once more, in the interests, this time, of the lady of the house.
"The lady of the house, I presume?" she said, with a gracious smile.
Rebecca was a trifle shy at this unexpected encounter, but there was nothing to be done but explain her presence, so she asked, "Is the lady of the house at home?"
"I am the lady of the house at present," said the stranger, with a whimsical smile.
He requested permission to show his tricks in the presence of the lady of the house.
I accordingly informed the Indian that the lady of the house was out; and I warned him and his party off the premises.
When Anne went downstairs the lady of the house met her in the hall.
When they had paid their tribute of politeness by curtsying to the lady of the house, they were permitted to mingle in the crowd, and take their share of the heat and inconvenience, to which their arrival must necessarily add.
I try to talk with Madame de Maisonrouge all I can (she is the lady of the house, and the REAL family consists only of herself and her two daughters).
There--incredibly naked--was the beauty Lidi, Korsunsky's wife; there was the lady of the house; there shone the bald head of Krivin, always to be found where the best people were.
When I recovered my senses, the company had all gone; only the lady of the house was with me.