One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he gave the ladies presents of flowers from his garden’
woman, member of the fair sex, member of the gentle sex, female
Northern English Scottish lass, lassie
informal biddy, filly
British informal bird, bint
Northern English Scottish informal besom, wifie
North American informal dame, broad, jane
NZ Australian informal sheila
archaic maid, damsel
archaic, humorous wench
archaic gentlewoman, petticoat
2‘lords and ladies and royalty were once entertained at the house’
noblewoman, gentlewoman, duchess, countess, peeress, viscountess, baroness, dame, grand dame
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