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1With possessive adjective: a title of respect given to a young lady, especially one of noble rank. Also: a woman who is addressed as ‘your young ladyship’. Compare "ladyship" 2c. Now chiefly archaic.
2The fact or condition of being a young lady.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Richard Steele. From young lady + -ship, in sense 1 after ladyship.
young ladyship/ˌjʌŋ ˈleɪdɪʃɪp/
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