Definition of painted lady in English:

painted lady


  • 1A migratory butterfly with predominantly orange-brown wings and darker markings.

    • ‘All the way we were accompanied by electric blue and emerald green damsel flies and along the banks we spotted red admirals, painted ladies, peacocks, and mere common butterflies.’
    • ‘She was lying in the dust beneath a white buddleia, staring straight ahead, sniffing at red admirals and painted ladies as they fluttered past.’
    • ‘A painted lady feeds on the nutrient-rich carcass of a swift fox in western South Dakota.’
    • ‘And I can see monarchs, painted ladies, tiger swallowtails, and listen to the songbirds.’
    • ‘Alfalfa butterflies, painted ladies, woolly bears and various other species have been abundant all summer.’
  • 2

    South African term for gladiolus
    • ‘While long-tubed painted lady has been long in cultivation, it is still rare.’
    • ‘Gladiolus carneus or "Painted lady" grows to 1m tall.’