In fact, one of the first ladies most notorious for doing so was—dare I even say it—Mary Todd Lincoln.
ladies and gentlemen, can we log off Twitter for just a day so all the facts can catch up with the rumors?
Hillary Clinton was the most polarizing of the would-be first ladies in recent history.
“Stephen Colbert is here, ladies and gentlemen,” Letterman said during his monologue.
At the end of her talk, Miller did reserve a few words “for the ladies.”
The ladies and gentlemen who were coming to dine at the Villa had all arrived.
Then, let me beg these ladies to wear their masks, a moment.
The evening was closed by a ball given by the Prince to the ladies of the town.
"I don't think there is any particular danger, ladies," interposed my father.
You seem to forget that you are in the presence of ladies and of my guests.
c.1200, lafdi, lavede, from Old English hlæfdige "mistress of a household, wife of a lord," literally "one who kneads bread," from hlaf "bread" (see loaf) + -dige "maid," related to dæge "maker of dough" (see dey (1); also compare lord). The medial -f- disappeared 14c. Not found outside English except where borrowed from it.
Sense of "woman of superior position in society" is c.1200; "woman whose manners and sensibilities befit her for high rank in society" is from 1861 (ladylike in this sense is from 1580s, and ladily from c.1400). Meaning "woman as an object of chivalrous love" is from early 14c. Used commonly as an address to any woman since 1890s. Applied in Old English to the Holy Virgin, hence many extended usages in plant names, place names, etc., from genitive singular hlæfdigan, which in Middle English merged with the nominative, so that lady- often represents (Our) Lady's; e.g. ladybug. Ladies' man first recorded 1784. Lady of pleasure recorded from 1640s.