from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Used with Your, Her, or Their as a title and form of address for a woman or women holding the rank of lady.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Term of respect for a woman of the peerage without using her title.
- n. Formal form of address for a lady judge (as opposed to the informal "judge")
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The rank or position of a lady; -- given as a title (preceded by her or your).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition or rank of a lady.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a title used to address any peeress except a duchess
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_turned out_ -- so I must set my head to work against the head of the head master, who is at this present moment inditing a letter to her ladyship, beginning, no doubt, with, '_I am sorry to be obliged to take up my pen_,' or, '_I am concerned to be under the necessity of sitting down to inform your ladyship_.'
"I am glad her ladyship is here," said Dr. Grey, looking painfully embarrassed, but speaking in a calm monotonous voice.
He answered that he did not know the book, and added, "But your ladyship is such a good judge of literature, I should leave the choice of books entirely to you."
"Shall I step back and tell my lord your ladyship is ready?"
I am so sorry: I hope her ladyship is not dangerous.
"I am sure your ladyship is main good," replied the woman, taking the child from her.
'As your ladyship is going to several parties this evening, I think it but charitable to set you right in these particulars, and I hope you will be so charitable as to contradict the report of Miss Hartley's having been Clarence's mistress.'
'Her ladyship is certainly very brilliant,' said Clarence, 'but I hope that Miss Portman did not overpower you.'
Now, you understand, I am not in the least obliged to Lady Anne for her kindness to Helena, because it all goes under the head of obedience, in my imagination; and her ladyship is paid for it by an accession of character: she has the reward of having it said, "Oh, Lady Anne Percival is the best wife in the world!"
If anything angers me now it is that 'ladyship' -- her to be my lady!