Definition of landlady in US English:



  • 1A woman who rents land, a building, or an apartment to a tenant.

    • ‘Apparently, the two guys and two girls are classmates, and they came to the landlady together, wanting to rent the room.’
    • ‘Against better advice, too, because despite the promises of my landlady to send a plumber round, the radiator in the bathroom is still leaking.’
    • ‘Both the landlord and landlady came out dressed in their nightclothes.’
    • ‘Now the landlady really does have to do something.’
    • ‘The rent was £4 a week and the landlady, Sally, lived in the basement.’
    • ‘I drive over to the old landlady's house to drop in the remaining rent, get her to sign the bond form.’
    • ‘The landlady refused to comment or speculate on the cause of the blaze.’
    • ‘My landlady, Ita, needs this week's rent, or she will start practising the violin again.’
    • ‘After a while, I got up from my desk and crossed to the window which overlooked my landlady's garden and the front steps of the building.’
    • ‘The police used to come and cause trouble and fine the landlady for having rural migrants’
    • ‘I'm a week late with the rent, but my esteemed landlady said it was okay as long as I pay up next week, and give her a free guitar lesson.’
    • ‘He makes up his mind to propose to his landlady, to adopt her child.’
    • ‘My daughter, who works for a bank, thinks I should buy a property and become a landlady.’
    • ‘I don't blame the absent landlady either, obviously, because that would be irrational in the extreme.’
    • ‘Just ten days later Oldham County Court granted an injunction forcing the landlady to allow her tenant back into the property.’
    • ‘They are tenants who have hung around for 20 years - and their discovery turned their landlady's life upside down.’
    • ‘Christmas saw Lucy giving hand-sewn presents to her landlord, landlady and Jane the servant.’
    • ‘He's the local kid my landlady hires to bring in wood and mow the lawn.’
    • ‘The author also went to great lengths recounting his tough-break with a landlady after renting a house.’
    • ‘It had been difficult to find a landlady willing to rent to us - a jobless teenager and his runaway girlfriend.’
    property owner, proprietor, lessor, letter, householder, freeholder, landowner, landholder, master
    property owner, proprietor, proprietress, lessor, letter, householder, freeholder, landowner, landholder, mistress, lady of the house
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    1. 1.1 A woman who owns or runs a boarding house, inn, or similar establishment.
      • ‘Anne has developed the reputation of being one of the best landladies in the business and is a celebrity cook, no less.’
      • ‘A landlord and landlady today told of the battle to prevent their pub being ruined by flood water.’
      • ‘I know most of the landlords and landladies here and they certainly wouldn't sell alcohol to children.’
      • ‘And what's good for government is good for the people - hoteliers and landladies were showing no mercy either.’
      • ‘Fun-loving landlord and landlady Ricky and Donna Salt donned fancy dress to really help the party go with a swing.’
      • ‘And - this is the great thing - your small group eats together, in the hotel, at country restaurants or with village landladies.’
      • ‘She will be especially missed by her locals, who regarded her not as a landlady or a publican but as a friend.’
      • ‘The landlady and landlord do the cooking themselves and the pub offers very good value.’
      • ‘I used to be a pub landlady and catering manager, and I can't do it any more.’
      • ‘But landlady Mary Wood, who took over the pub seven months ago, is looking to the future.’
      • ‘The present landlord and landlady Mike and Stacey Coombes opted for pastures new, meaning that the pub is up for grabs from today.’
      • ‘Across the road, landlord and landlady Mark and Tracey Whittam, of The Red Lion pub, were dealing with their own flood.’
      • ‘The landlord and landlady of The Craven justly feel they are equally the victims concerning an alleged offence they know nothing about.’
      • ‘The comedy is set in a Northern English pub with the gambling landlord and bubbly landlady playing host to an eclectic mix of their regulars.’
      • ‘Council officers are still urging landlords and landladies to get their applications for the new licences in before the deadline of 6 August.’
      • ‘A drinker who smashed up his favourite boozer after a row with the landlady unwittingly landed himself a court appearance.’
      • ‘The 53-year-olds are the landlady and landlord of the Lord Nelson in York Village, Langho.’
      • ‘As the night draws to a close and the remaining few are left in the town's pubs, landlords and landladies call time at 11 before you stagger into the Indian-Chinese-Italian-Mexican-or Kebab shop takeaway and you're in the midnight hour.’
      • ‘I'm afraid to say whilst there are some good landlords and landladies in town, there are also some who need to stop looking so miserable, put a smile on their face and start offering a genuine welcome along with some value for money’
      • ‘The peace camp was offered new accommodation by the landlady of the Axe and Compass public house in Kempsford.’
      publican, licensee, innkeeper, manager, manageress, pub owner, proprietor
      publican, licensee, innkeeper, manager, manageress, pub owner, proprietor
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