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ladies-in-waiting

[ley-deez-in-wey-ting] /ˈleɪ diz ɪnˈweɪ tɪŋ/
noun
1.
plural of lady-in-waiting.

lady-in-waiting

[ley-dee-in-wey-ting] /ˈleɪ di ɪnˈweɪ tɪŋ/
noun, plural ladies-in-waiting.
1.
a lady who is in attendance upon a queen or princess.
2.
Facetious. a woman who is pregnant:
flattering fashions for the lady-in-waiting.
Origin of lady-in-waiting
1860-1865
1860-65
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  • Seneschals and gentlemen-ushers, ladies-in-waiting and pages-of-the-presence adorned noble as well as royal households.

    Collections and Recollections George William Erskine Russell
  • And to the ladies-in-waiting he commended himself by his quiet courtesy.

    Victorian Worthies George Henry Blore
  • We have eaten a fine supper in a very few minutes and without any fuss of footmen or ladies-in-waiting either.

    The Green Forest Fairy Book Loretta Ellen Brady
  • When the princess had said this, she remained there concealed, surrounded by her ladies-in-waiting.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
  • A very audible murmur of admiration passed from one to another of the assembled courtiers and ladies-in-waiting.

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • The three ladies-in-waiting reappear and place a padlock on his mouth.

  • The two ladies-in-waiting wear dresses fixed to resemble the dress of the period.

  • Some eunuchs, come, no doubt, to fetch the ladies-in-waiting.

    The Daughter of Heaven Judith Gautier
  • Accompanied by their ladies-in-waiting they met at the church door.

  • Place these perfumes in the censers that the ladies-in-waiting will only have to light them.

    The Daughter of Heaven Judith Gautier
British Dictionary definitions for ladies-in-waiting

lady-in-waiting

noun (pl) ladies-in-waiting
1.
a lady of a royal household who attends a queen or princess
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