Definition of ladyship in English:



  • 1A respectful form of reference or address to a woman who has a title.

    ‘the car is outside, Your Ladyship’
    • ‘It was most vexing, especially, when her Ladyship turned in Kathleen's direction to speak, placing Kathleen in the most uncomfortable disposition.’
    • ‘‘Your Ladyship,’ he began, stammering uncontrolledly, ‘Your Ladyship, I have just received some dire news.’’
    • ‘The dining lounge has been prepared, will her Ladyship and the gentleman be joining you?’
    • ‘This, whispers Her Ladyship, is where Her Majesty the Queen brings her most distinguished dinner guests for their postprandial entertainment.’
    • ‘However, when Katherine arrived at the palace for the first party of the season, she could not discover her Ladyship among the many elegant ladies crowding the ball room.’
    • ‘His actress wife, known respectfully as Her Ladyship, is kind but baffled.’
    • ‘I merely tried to deliver a letter to Her Ladyship, as an elevated person charged me to do.’
    • ‘I was privileged to dine with the family and sat across from her Ladyship and on the right of Lord Donovan.’
    • ‘I'll see if His Grace is up yet, Your Ladyship.’
    • ‘‘I'll help you sort her Ladyship out,’ he said with a sigh. ‘Where is she?’’
    • ‘Her Ladyship added that ‘a number of new requests were subsequently made by the Rochamel Development.’’
    • ‘I wasn't sure whether Her Ladyship would accept my proposal, and it rather unravelled my nerves.’
    • ‘Her Ladyship held that constructive knowledge, in the sense that the customer had the means of knowledge, was not enough.’
    • ‘There's no one in the whole of London who will disagree with the fact that Her Ladyship is a virago, plain and simple.’
    • ‘Sounding like a harpy from the barricades of Paris, Her Ladyship preached wholesale war on Dukes and Earls.’
    • ‘Your Ladyship's judgment is clear, and what I do not propose to do is to run through the arguments already heard in front of you, which are recorded clearly in the judgment.’
    • ‘Perhaps we could come to some arrangement, your Ladyship.’
    • ‘Dinner was announced, we sat ourselves down at the silver-laden candle-lit table, Her Ladyship played five-finger exercises of conversation at the far end of the table, His Lordship and I discussed business at the other.’
    • ‘Your Honours will see at page 731 that in the part of the reasons that goes from a through to g, her Ladyship discusses the fact that the authorities amply illustrate there is no approach which is free from difficulty.’
    • ‘I pause there, your Honours, to say, with the greatest respect to her Ladyship, that is, in fact, a very crucial observation.’
    1. 1.1ironic A form of reference or address to a woman thought to be acting in a pretentious or snobbish way.
      ‘bow everyone, Her Ladyship's actually gracing us with her presence!’
      • ‘Imagine the traffic snarls which would happen if Her Ladyship went to work.’
      • ‘Her Ladyship is down for the weekend, so the latest entry into the Idiot of the Week hall of fame is just going to have to wait.’